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Cam Newton signing made official by the Patriots

Cam Newton, Patriots

The New England Patriots have announced that they have officially signed Cam Newton, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

Newton passed his physical and signed his deal on Wednesday. The Patriots agreed to sign Newton to a one-year, incentive-laden deal late last month.

The Carolina Panthers released the 31-year-old in late March.

Newton, who played his collegiate football at Auburn, was originally selected by the Panthers with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

It didn’t take long for him to establish himself as one of the NFL’s brightest young stars, as he made the Pro Bowl in his rookie campaign after throwing for 4,051 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions while also rushing for 705 yards and 14 scores.

Overall, Newton spent nine seasons with the Panthers, with his best year coming during the 2015-16 campaign when he won the MVP award and led Carolina to 15 wins and a Super Bowl appearance.

Since then, however, the College Park, Ga. native hasn’t quite been the same.

Injuries have played a significant role in Newton’s decline, as he has undergone a pair of shoulder surgeries as well as a foot surgery since the end of 2016. The foot procedure took place back in December to correct a problem that limited Newton to just two games during the 2019 season.

As it became increasingly clear that the Panthers were better off moving on from Newton, they opted to sign Teddy Bridgewater to a lucrative multi-year deal before ultimately cutting ties with Newton.

Newton will compete with Jarrett Stidham for the starting quarterback job in New England.