The New England Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement with former National Football League MVP Cam Newton, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
Former Carolina Panthers quarterback will now fight for a chance to replace former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free form, Adam Schefter said, citing sources in the league.
Newton signs a one-year deal with New England, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, who also cites a league source and says the minimum deal with Newton was inconspicuous. According to the source, Rapoport reports that the stimulus-laden deal costs up to $7.5 million.
While New England had not yet announced a deal, the Patriots and brothers Devin and Jason McCurthy responded to a message on Sunday evening informing Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston that they were excited. Devin McCurthy told Perry that adding Newton would make the situation with the defender “even better.”
Devin McCourty mentioned the expectation is “Stiddy” will grow in Year 2. Factor that in with the Cam Newton addition and Brian Hoyer and that makes the Patriots quarterback room exciting. https://t.co/wMtjMn0OnN
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) June 29, 2020
The McCurthy brothers and teammate Stephon Gilmore seem to have responded to the news on Twitter with the same smiley on Sunday night, while Newton addressed his Instagram signature by writing: “I’m excited as I don’t know what right now!! All praise to God!! Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you’re ready!! #LETSgoPATS”
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) June 29, 2020
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 29, 2020
Newton will join the draft in the fourth round of 2019 to Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer in the QB Patriots room. They are also expected to include free agents J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke.
Newton, who won first place in the overall standings in 2011, played just two games last season due to injuries to his shoulder and foot. The 31-year-old spent nine seasons in Carolina, winning the NFL MVP award in 2015 when he led Panther to appear in Super Bowl 50. He was released by the Panthers after the 2019 campaign.
Now the question is who will succeed Brady in 2020. Will it be an inexperienced Stidham, or will it be a veteran Newton, proven, although prone to injury?
Either way, Patriots training camp just got a whole lot more interesting.