We all wondered what the next destination for Cam Newton would be since being cut by Carolina. The question was answered on Sunday evening when Newton signed with the Patriots. Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reached an agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots. Newton now will step into the mix to try to help replace former Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Patriots did not select a quarterback in April’s draft, with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and 11-year veteran Brian Hoyer atop the depth chart. A source familiar with the Patriots’ thinking said the agreement with Newton was appealing to the team as a low-risk, high-reward situation, factoring in Newton’s health, a modest contract, and New England’s transition at quarterback without Brady.
In a brief message posted on Instagram on Sunday night, Newton wrote, “I’m excited as I don’t know what right now!” along with the hashtag “#LETSgoPATS.” The Carolina Panthers released Newton, the No. 1 overall selection in 2011, on March 24, ending their nine-year relationship. Carolina moved on from its one-time franchise quarterback after agreeing to a contract with free agent Teddy Bridgewater to become the team’s new starter. Newton continues to rehab from foot surgery and had a physical in Atlanta on March 23 that was coordinated by the Panthers and his agency. Will Cam Newton win the starting job in New England? How will Cam and Belicheck get along? Can Cam stay healthy the entire season?