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30 June 2020 00:34

Quarterback Cam Newton has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots ahead of the 2020 season.

Quarterback Cam Newton has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots ahead of the 2020 season. The 31-year-old has been a free agent since being released by the Carolina Panthers at the end of last season. Getty Images - Getty 3 Newton was drafted by the Panthers in 2011 Getty Images - Getty 3 The Panthers released Newton at the end of last season Newton was drafted by the Panthers first overall in 2011 after winning the Heisman Trophy with Auburn. He took the NFL by storm and was named rookie of the year as well as achieving the first of his three Pro Bowl selections. The quarterback was named the league's MVP as he led the Panthers to the 2016 Super Bowl, where they were beaten by the Denver Broncos.

Getty Images - Getty 3 Tom Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots Injuries have been a real issue of late and played just twice during the 2019 season. The Patriots parted company with six-time Super Bowl-winner Tom Brady in March following 20 seasons with the organisation and he subsequently went on to sign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New England did not sign a quarterback during the initial stages of free agency and took people by surprise when they opted not to draft someone. Tottenham reveal how football pitch is kept flawless during NFL week They were expected to go into the new campaign with the untested Jarrett Stidham under centre but Newton, if fit, will likely start. The 31-year-old posted on his Instagram story: "I'm as excited as I don't know what right now!!

All praise to God!! Dropping content tomorrow! I hope you're ready! Let's go Pats." The New England Patriots may have upgraded at quarterback. Now, I don't mean that as disrespect to Tom Brady, who is the greatest of all time. And it is far from a guarantee Cam Newton is even currently healthy and thus good enough to still be a starting QB. But if he is anywhere close to what he once was, after all this time off, I'd take that Cam over current Brady, who is about to be 43. It's not like the 2015 MVP version of Newton is the only time he made an impact in the league. Cam was averaging over 20 touchdowns through the air and seven on the ground before last season. And even in 2018, prior to his play dipping due to a shoulder injury, he had the Panthers at 6-2 while posting an impressive passer rating, touchdown to interception ratio and career high completion percentage. If that Cam still exists, then it is hard not to be excited about what he could do under a revamped Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels helmed offense. Newton gives them an added dimension with his legs and I'd expect them to help him improve when it comes to passing precision. Or you could just take what Belichick actually said about Cam in 2017, "I think when you're talking about mobile quarterbacks, guys that are tough to handle, tackle, can throw, run, make good decisions—I mean, I would put Newton at the top of the list." I believe all parties involved made the right decision here getting Cam Newton to New England. Cam gets a chance to revive his career under a legendary coach, with a team that did win 12 games last season and has a strong defense and offensive line. While the Pats will have an opportunity to maximize newfound versatility at QB. And if it works out, the Patriots dynasty may just continue under Bill Belichick, only without Tom Brady.