Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reached an agreement on a year of incentives with the New England Patriots, according to League sources Chris Mortensen and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Newton will now join the mix to try and help replace Patriots’ former QB Tom Brady, who has left to join the buccaneers of Tampa Bay as a free agent. Patriots did not select a quarterback in the April draft.
The Carolina Panthers released Newton on March 24, ending their nine-year relationship with the quarterback which they drafted in first place in 2011.
Carolina moved from her franchise quarterback once after accepting a contract with free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to become the team’s new starter.
Newton, who continues to rehabilitate from foot surgery, had a physicist in Atlanta on March 23 coordinated by the Panthers and his agency, according to Schefter.
Newton, who turned 31 in May, has passed his physique and is healthy, with his shoulder and foot “well controlled,” a source told Schefter. “He is hungrier than ever and eager for the next opportunity.”
It was the NFL MVP in 2015 when it represented 45 total touchdowns in the regular season and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl, a 24-10 defeat in Denver. The panthers have only gone to the playoffs once since then, a loss of jokers for the saints in 2017.
Newton, who holds most career records in Carolina, lost 14 games last season with an injury to Lisfranc and the last two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that also required surgery.
Overall, he passed 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions and rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns.
ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.