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New England Patriots add former MVP Cam Newton, per report

They can’t officially sign him yet...

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Jarrett Stidham era in Boston was very short-lived as the New England Patriots have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with former NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton. Netwon will seemingly step in to replace Tom Brady, who departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. Adam Schefter was first to report the news and it was quickly confirmed by other outlets.

Newton signed for a small deal, but it could be worth up to $7 million with incentives. We don’t have the incentive thresholds yet. The Patriots don’t have the cap space to sign Newton at the moment, so some roster juggling will have to take place.

Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers this offseason after playing in only two games in 2019. In 2018, he played 14 games through various injuries.

You may have heard that the Buffalo Bills employ several former Panthers on their team including head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. They are both intimately familiar with Newton along with d-line coach Eric Washington.