Former NFL MVP Cam Newton Reaches One-Year Deal With Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Former NFL MVP Cam Newton Reaches One-Year Deal With Patriots

After much anticipation, former NFL MVP Cam Newton has found a new home with the New England Patriots. 

Newton and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

Newton, who the Carolina Panthers released after nine seasons, has been plagued by shoulder and foot injuries in recent years. However, at 31 years old, Newton is entering what many consider to be his prime.  

Recent injuries have temporarily derailed his career. However, during his time with the Panthers, Newton proved to be a reliable starting quarterback. In 2015, Newton won his first MVP. He led the Panthers to a 15-1 record and their second Super Bowl appearance. Yet, despite solid play from Newton, the Panthers have reached the playoffs only once since his MVP season.  

However, Newton may have to compete to earn the starting job in New England. After passing on a quarterback in this year’s draft, many assumed the Patriots would start the 2020 season with Jarrett Stidham.   

If Cam Newton is indeed named the starting quarterback for the Patriots this season, it will be compelling to see how Bill Belichick utilizes his new quarterback and if Newton can fill the big shoes left behind by Tom Brady.