The New England Patriots have slow-played the quarterback market since losing Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they have officially made a splash one month before training camp. The team is signing Cam Newton to a one-year, incentive-laden contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Patriots seemed intent on heading into camp with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the top two options on their depth chart. They had been connected to Newton through their need for a quarterback, but there had not been any specific rumors.
Newton appeared in only two games last season due to a foot injury. This followed a shoulder injury the year prior that impacted his numbers. The 2015 MVP remained an impressive presence when healthy, but that’s the big question heading into 2020. There is no word on the status of a physical amidst the pandemic. He’s been posting videos of workouts, and seems to be on track to compete in camp.
This turns into one of the more fascinating situations. When healthy, he’s the best quarterback on the Patriots depth chart. Stidham is going to get a serious opportunity to compete, but a healthy Cam Newton returns the Patriots to Super Bowl contender status in a hurry.