The New England Patriots have re-signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal worth close to $14 million. Newton is a former first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers back in 2011. The Panthers released him in 2020 and he signed with New England on a one-year deal. Now, he will be returning to the team that gave him an opportunity in free agency a year ago.
Cam Newton has had a roller-coaster of a career up until this point. He was drafted first overall in 2011 and won AP NFL Rookie of the Year in his first year as the starter for Carolina. In 2015 he was even better. Newton threw for 3837 yards, 35 passing touchdowns, and a 99.4 quarterback rating. But what was special about Cam Newton’s 2015 campaign was his rushing numbers. Newton ran for 639 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him the nickname “Superman” Cam. Newton won MVP for his amazing 2015 season and even made it to Superbowl 50.
Unfortunately for “Superman” Cam, he was never able to replicate that MVP season. Injuries plagued the former first overall pick and by 2020, the Panthers were ready to move on at the quarterback position. The New England Patriots took advantage of this opportunity after the departure of the “GOAT” Tom Brady. Newton signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal, only making the veterans minimum. Based on his play last year, he deserved less than the bare minimum.
Newton threw for only 8 touchdowns, 2657 yards with 10 interceptions to boot. Cam will now get a second opportunity to prove himself in New England and show that he still has a place in the league.