Former NFL 2015 MVP Cam Newton has signed a one-year incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The deal includes a 2022 compensatory 2022 third round pick if Newton leaves as a free agent after the 2020 season, this would help the patriots after losing their third round 2021 pick due to their videotape violation in the 2019 season.

The former Carolina Panther hasn’t played in a NFL game since September 13, 2019 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Newton has battled injuries with two shoulder surgeries in three seasons and the foot injury he suffered in 2019. Despite all the injuries Newton has been regarded as one of the top free agents in the NFL this offseason since his release on March 24th.

Newton joins other former Auburn Tiger quarterback Jarrett Stidham in a battle for the six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady’s, old starting position. With many questions coming about Newton’s health he has recently been posting many workout videos on his Instagram showing NFL teams the shape he is in.

In Newton’s last full season he finished with a 11-5 record with 3302 passing yards and 754 rushing yards while completing 59.15% of his passes. Newton also is coming into his 10th season with a 54.8 career win percentage. 

Cam Newton joining the New England Patriots makes them the returning favorites to win the AFC East for the 12th time in a row.

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