CamNewton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, a league source confirmed. The deal is for the league minimum, which is just over $1 million but can go as high as $7.5 million with various incentives.
The news was first reported by Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson of ESPN.
Newton, who hasn't taken a snap since the middle of the 2019 season due to shoulder and ankle injuries, likely has been promised nothing and will be expected to compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the starting spot.
We've obviously been writing about this possibility for a while now, several times, as sources indicated nothing the Patriots had done up to this point was about confidence in Stidham (it was just circumstances) — they simply don't know what he's going to do or be.
How was Newton playing before he was injured? How does he fit into the scheme? What about Stidham? These are questions we've already hit on here at BSJ. We've attached the links, and below is a summation of what we've already reported.
Bottom line is that this was a no-brainer from the simple fact that Newton could reap a third-round compensatory pick just by sitting on the sidelines all season and signing elsewhere. And, yes, JoshMcDaniels can easily adapt his offense to fit Newton, and you got a hint of it when JacobyBrissett started for the Patriots.