Quarterback Cam Newton, 2015 N.F.L. the most valuable player who has been haunted by injuries in recent years, has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to multiple relationships.
Sunday, the N.F.L. fined the Patriots $ 1.1 million and would have taken his third-round pick in 2021 as a penalty for the team that filmed the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during their game against the Cleveland Browns last season, according to a spokesman for the championship, Michael Mrs.. The incident raised new suspicions about the team, which has been the subject of more serious rule scandals, such as the so-called Spygate and Deflategate incidents, during the tenure of coach Bill Belichick.
Newton was released from the Panthers in March amid an organizational reshuffle that saw the departures of coach Ron Rivera and a line supporter, Luke Kuechly.
Before injuries slowed him down, Newton, 31, was one of the championships most dominant quarterback and the best offensive player in panther history. He has launched over 29,000 yards and 182 touchdowns in his career. He ran over 4,800 yards and 58 touchdowns.
His best season came in 2015, when the Panthers went 15-1 in the regular season and reached the Super Bowl. Newton was elected the Most Valuable Player Award winner that year. Newton led the Panthers in four post-season appearances.
The deal was first reported by ESPN and confirmed by the NFL network. Patriots declined to comment on Newton’s signature report. Newton’s agent, Bus Cook, did not immediately return requests for comment.
Newton has yet to overcome a physique, which all players had trouble completing due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. But assuming he passed the test, Newton will have a one-year contract to prove that he is still a great quarterback and the Patriots risk little to get an experienced athletic leader. The team’s longtime quarterback, Tom Brady, signed with the buccaneers of Tampa Bay in March.
Patriots’ quarterback roster also includes Jarrett Stidham, whom the Patriots selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and who appeared in just three games of the regular season as a backup last season. The Patriots will also have Brian Hoyer, who is in second place with the team, J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke will enter the training camp.
Newton’s signing may involve some cunning from the Patriots’ penalties, which stem from a December instance in which a team videographer recorded the Bengal field and sideline while participating in the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland, apparently to film a Patriots scout in action for a feature on the team’s website.
In a statement released at the time of the accident, the Patriots acknowledged that the video crew “unknowingly violated” the league’s policy and stressed that the team staff had “no involvement in planning, filming or creative decisions made during the production of these characteristics “.
The league determined that filming was an attempt to spy on an opponent. In addition to the fine and loss of a draw choice, the team’s video crew will also not be allowed to shoot any games this season and the producer responsible for the shoot will be banned from N.F.L. structures.
The signing of Newton and the news of the penalty in the league come after a relatively quiet period since Brady’s departure. That silence ended dramatically. On Tuesday, a jury of three judges in Florida will hear an appeal to the case against Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft when considering a lower court’s decision to throw video evidence that is critical to the two crime charges against him for solicitation to prostitution.