Longtime Carolina Panthers quarterback and former NFL MVP Cam Newton is officially a member of the heralded New England Patriots. With the veteran signal caller inking a one-year deal to join the new-look Patriots, Newton will now attempt to fill the void left by future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who has recently become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after two decades in New England.

With such a move becoming as official as it gets on Monday, Newton has received his Patriots threads with the former Panthers quarterback once again sporting No. 1.

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Thanks to some injury trouble over the course of the last few seasons in addition to a new regime in Carolina, Newton was let go by the Panthers earlier in the offseason. That paved the way for head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots to swoop in with a one-year free agent contract. With New England initially slated to turn to soon-to-be second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham under center, adding Newton to the mix was obviously a major upgrade and as good as it gets when attempting to replace a player like the aforementioned Brady.

Even though some injuries have plagued Newton as of late, he is not too far removed from serving as the league’s Most Valuable Player while leading the Panthers to a NFC Championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl not too long ago either. If Newton stays healthy, he will no doubt become a tremendous pickup for the Patriots.