The Patriots fully expected to re-sign quarterback Tom Brady earlier this year. Instead, he signed with the Buccaneers, leaving the Patriots with only second-year quarterback Jared Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer at the position.
Sunday, they took a step toward alleviating their lack of an established starter by signing former NFL MVP Cam Newton to a one-year deal. ESPN first reported the deal.
Newton was released earlier this year by the Panthers in a salary cap-related move. But he also played just two games in 2019 because of a foot injury. Newton played in 14 games in 2018, but was largely ineffective in the second half after suffering a shoulder injury.
The 2015 NFL MVP after leading the Panthers to a 15-1 record and the Super Bowl, Newton, 31, has thrown 24 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions the past two seasons in 16 games. He played in just two games in 2019.
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