It appears the Patriots have found their guy to replace Tom Brady. . .well, at least for now.
On Sunday, New England agreed with Cam Newton on a one-year deal. Newton’s deal with the Patriots is worth $7.5 million. The first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft became a free agent after the Carolina Panthers released him with one year left on his contract back in March.
Despite being the 2011 Rookie of the Year, a three-time Pro Bowler, the 2015 Offensive MVP, and 2015 NFL MVP, many franchises have avoided the former Heisman Trophy winner. This is mostly due to NFL GMs being hesitant over his health. Newton only played in two games in the 2019 season.
Despite starting the first two games, the Panthers held him out in week 3 when it was revealed that Newton had a Lisfranc fracture. The Panthers would then put him on the injured reverse list on Nov. 5 after his injury was healing slower than expected.
But even before last season, Newton has dealt with injury issues. Newton played the second half of the 2018 season with a right shoulder injury which led him to get surgery in the end of the season. After the 2016 season, Newton underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder.
All things considered, it is understandable why GMs were so hesitant on picking up the former Auburn Tiger. It is also understandable why he has a much smaller deal than most fans expected.
Not many GMs are going to take a chance on a 31-year old that has had health problems in the last few years. Newton is certainly an upgrade over what the Patriots had before, which was Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.
But, despite the Patriots upgrading their current quarterback situation, New England fans should remain skeptical on if Newton is the guy to lead them to the Playoffs.