Cam Newton to Replace Tom Brady as QB for Patriots

The former Carolina Panther has agreed to a one-year deal with New England

Cam Newton warms up for a game against the New England Patriots.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
Cam Newton warms up for a game against the New England Patriots. (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
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After being replaced in Carolina by Teddy Bridgewater, former Panther Cam Newton will attempt to fill the cleats of Tom Brady in New England with the Patriots.

In a move that seems to make sense for both sides, the former NFL MVP has agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots that is short on up-front cash but loaded with incentives. Newton’s contract with the team is a “bare minimum” deal, but can be worth up to $7.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

For Newton, the contract is a chance to prove he can still be a high-level quarterback in the NFL as well as an opportunity to be mentored by the best coach in football in Bill Belichick. For New England, a one-year deal with Newton gives them a theoretical chance to compete for the Super Bowl this season and gives the team another year to see if second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham can develop into a franchise QB.

The timing of the announcement of the deal also helps New England on another front as the NFL also announced the team’s punishment for taping the sideline of the Bengals last season.

Had the Newton signing not been announced, that story would have been big news for sports-starved NFL fans. But, now that the nine-year veteran has signed with New England, that story will dominate headlines and talks shows in the coming days.

It may not end up working out, but it’s an intriguing move regardless.

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