Legendary NFL head coach Bill Belichick shook up the world Sunday evening with the announcement the New England Patriots had signed free agent QB Cam Newton to a low-risk/high-reward one-year contract. The 2015 NFL MVP was cut in favor of Teddy Bridgewater after sub-par play over the last four years. Newton passed a physical in March and is recovering from both shoulder surgery and a Lisfranc injury.
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Cam Newton … QB for the New England Patriots 👀 pic.twitter.com/5YvLYZcYR9
— ESPN (@espn) June 29, 2020
New Patriots’ QB Cam Newton turned 31 years old last month, what for what many quarterbacks is the prime of their career.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 28, 2020
This is very New England: Now if Cam Newton plays well in 2020, and leaves as a free agent, the Patriots could get back a compensatory 2022 third-round pick to help make up for 2021 third-round pick the NFL is taking away from New England for its videotape violation.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 29, 2020
Early thoughts on Cam Newton to Patriots: His willingness to accept a modest 1-year deal creates low-risk, high-reward situation for team to pounce on. Not necessarily a reflection of how team views Jarrett Stidham, in my view, but a chance to bolster the depth chart.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 29, 2020
An updated look at the Patriots offense:
QB: Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham
RB: Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead
WR: Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry
TE: Dalton Keene, Devin Asiasi, Matt LaCosse
OL: Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 29, 2020
QB cycle is complete:
So… NE – TB – TB – NO – NO – CAR – CAR – NE
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) June 29, 2020
Cam Newton was unstoppable during his 2015 MVP season
▫️ 3,837 yards
▫️ 35 TD
▫️ 10 INT
▫️ 636 rush yards
▫️ 10 rushing TDs
▫️ 15-1 record
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 29, 2020
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) June 29, 2020
NFL fans: “Hahaha the Patriots have to start Jarrett Stidham next year, 4-12 incoming. The dynasty is DEAD.”
Adam Schefter: “The Patriots have signed Cam Newton.”
NFL fans: pic.twitter.com/6wucC3gbNt
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) June 28, 2020
BREAKING: Patriots update logo after signing Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/f7T9ldrbqH
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) June 29, 2020
— Christian McCaffrey (@CMC_22) June 29, 2020
Couldn’t be happier for @CameronNewton! Patriots are getting a stud!! 👏👏👏
— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) June 29, 2020
@CameronNewton U been workin! U deserve tht! SWEAAAAAH!!! 😭😭😭
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) June 29, 2020
LETS GO CAM !!!
— F L ⚡️ S H (@Melvingordon25) June 29, 2020
We all saw it comin… 👀👀 AFC issues now 🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️ Healthy Newton a PROBLEM https://t.co/AWeJpwzolD
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) June 29, 2020
Yeah this that 🔥 https://t.co/y2iIh2pcNX
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) June 29, 2020
— James White (@SweetFeet_White) June 29, 2020
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) June 29, 2020