After an injury-plagued year and being released by the Carolina Panthers, where he spent his entire nine-year career, Cam Newton will call New England home for next year. Sunday evening, Newton signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, where he will look to fill the void that was left after franchise quarterback Tom Brady moved on and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the offseason.
Whether it was the shoulder injury or a foot injury, Newton was only able to start in 2 games during the 2019-20 season. However, when he is healthy, he is a consistent and productive QB and can still wreak havoc on defenses by using his speed and extending plays.
Although he is a veteran QB that has proven he can lead a team to success, Newton is not a lock to become the starter. Head coach Bill Belichick might decide to go the youth route and put Jarrett Stidham out once the season starts.
Regardless of that, this signing gives the team some options and more flexibility when it comes to deciding the anchor of the offense, and it could very well keep New England in the playoff conversation that either Newton or Stidham can produce.