10-year NFL veteran quarterback Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. Newton, a one-time MVP, spent the 2020 season with the New England Patriots but spent the first nine years of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Jim McBride of the Boston Globe first broke the news of the signing.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) March 12, 2021
Comp update: Patriots are finalizing a 1-year deal worth close to $14 million for Cam Newton to return to New England, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2021
Cam Newton Signs With New England Patriots
Newton is coming off a relatively underwhelming year with the Patriots. Tasked with replacing Tom Brady in a shortened offseason, the quarterback guided the Patriots to a 7-8 record while completing 65.8% of his passes for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. These numbers obviously don’t look great, but it’s worth noting that Newton added another 592 yards and 12 touchdowns as a runner. Additionally, Newton tested positive for COVID-19 early in October and missed two weeks of practice while quarantining.
Newton originally began his career with the Carolina Panthers. Selected with the first-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Auburn product immediately won the starting job and led one of the most exciting offenses in the league. Starting all 16 games, Newton completed 60% of his passes for 4,051 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 17 touchdowns while adding another 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Newton’s best season came all the way back in 2015. Following a disappointing 2014, the quarterback led the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record, in large part thanks to his fantastic work as a passer. Overall, the former first-overall pick finished the season completing 59.8% of his passes for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. As always, Newton killed defenses on the ground to the tune of 636 rushing yards and an additional 10 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.
Throughout the course of his career, Newton has completed 60.1% of his passes for 31,698 yards, 190 touchdowns, and 118 interceptions. The Auburn product has also added another 5,398 rushing yards and 70 touchdowns with his legs.