Quarterback Cam Newton, a former N.F.L. most respected participant who has been dogged by accidents lately, has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, in keeping with multiple studies.
Newton, who was drafted first over all in 2011 by the Carolina Panthers and has performed his total profession in Carolina, turned a free agent this low season. After lacking simply six video games in his first eight seasons, he performed in simply two video games final 12 months. Newton has injured his knee, shoulder and the Lisfranc ligament of his left foot, necessitating surgical procedure — a number of months earlier than the coronavirus pandemic disrupted low season N.F.L. participant motion.
Newton was launched by the Panthers in March amid an organizational reshuffling that noticed the departures of the pinnacle coach, Ron Rivera, and a stalwart linebacker, Luke Kuechly.
Earlier than accidents slowed him down, Newton, 31, was one of many league’s most dominant quarterbacks and the most effective offensive participant in Panthers historical past. He has thrown for greater than 29,000 yards and 182 touchdowns in his profession. He has run for greater than 4,800 yards and 58 touchdowns as effectively.
His best season came in 2015, when the Panthers went 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl. Newton was voted winner of the Most Valuable Player Award that year. Newton guided the Panthers to four postseason appearances.
The deal was first reported by ESPN and confirmed by NFL Network. The Patriots declined to touch upon the report of Newton’s signing. Newton’s agent, Bus Prepare dinner, didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
By signing Newton to a one-year contract, the Patriots will threat little however probably acquire a seasoned, athletic quarterback. The crew’s longtime quarterback, Tom Brady, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March.
The Patriots’ roster of quarterbacks additionally contains Jarrett Stidham, whom the Patriots chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2019 draft and who appeared in simply three video games as a backup final season. At quarterback, the Patriots can even have Brian Hoyer, who’s in his second stint with the crew, J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke going into coaching camp.