The New England Patriots have signed former NFL MVP Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady at quarterback!
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, the Patriots and Cam Newton worked on this deal as of late and he agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $7.5 million.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time two former NFL MVP quarterbacks changed teams in the same offseason was in 1993 when Joe Montana and Boomer Esiason were both traded.
Running Marcus Allen also changed teams that offseason as well, leaving the Raiders to sign with the Chiefs.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Patriots are the first team in history to both lose and add a former NFL MVP in a single offseason.
Since 2001, Patriots quarterbacks rushed for 1,408 yards. Cam Newton has rushed for 4,806 yards in his career, including 1,599 in just the last four seasons.
Since 2011, Cam Newton has been sacked 291 times, sixth-most in the NFL. Over that same span, the Patriots have allowed 271 sacks, the second-fewest in the NFL.
Newton’s Stats in 2019
The Panthers decided to move on from Cam Newton after nine seasons. Newton threw for over 3,000 yards in each of his first eight seasons in the NFL (all with the Panthers). The signal-caller missed the final two games in 2018 and still threw for 3,395 yards (completing 67.9 percent of his passes) with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Newton really struggled last season, completing just 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards and one interception and the Panthers opened the season 0-2 after home losses against the Rams and Buccaneers.
The Patriots were supposed to give Jarrett Stidham a chance as their starting quarterback but Cam Newton is clearly an upgrade. Newton is an athletic and dynamic quarterback who can jump-start their offense.
The Pats also brought back Brian Hoyer for a third time, just in case Stidham struggled but Cam Newton is also much better than him.
Betting Odds By Pay Per Head247
Will Cam Newton be the Patriots starting QB for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season?
Patriots starting QB for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season
Cam Newton -125
Jarrett Stidham +110
Brian Hoyer +1000
Cam Newton total starts in the 2020 NFL season
Over 8.5 starts (-115)
Under 8.5 starts (-115)