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Reports: Cam Newton to the Patriots

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news early Sunday evening.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has found a new home — it’s with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter Sunday evening.

Here are the contract details, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

Newton, 31, spent nine years with the Panthers before the team released him this past offseason. During that span, he compiled more than 29,000 yards through the air, more than 4,800 on the ground and 240 total touchdowns. He was named the AP NFL MVP in 2015.

Shortly after word on Newton broke, so did this news — New England was penalized for a filming incident that occurred back in Week 14 last season. The Patriots’ in-house production crew was caught taping the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline one week before the Patriots played the Bengals.

Why are these two stories connected?

If Newton plays well enough in 2020 as a one-year starter for the Patriots and leaves in free agency for a lucrative deal, that means New England would receive a compensatory third-rounder in 2022 to help make up for the penalty.

Regardless of that note, Newton is a Patriot, and his competition in the quarterback room for the starting position is Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. The Chiefs play the Patriots Week 4 at Arrowhead Stadium at 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

The likely QB matchup will be Newton vs. Patrick Mahomes.


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