After a long wait, the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player has found a new home. The news broke on Sunday that Cam Newton will be Tom Brady’s replacement for the New England Patriots this season.
Newton was waived by the Carolina Panthers after 9 seasons with the team. During his run as the Panthers QB, Cam won AP Rookie of the Year in 2012 and MVP in 2015, a season where he led Carolina to a 15-1 season and a Super Bowl appearance.
Since his MVP run, the 6’5 dual-threat has struggled with injuries most recently a shoulder injury that kept Cam sidelined most of the 2019 season. The Panthers released Cam in late March apparently seeking a rebuild within the franchise because they let go of long time Head Coach Ron Rivera who is now coaching the Washington Redskins.
Cam’s new deal is for one year and is worth $7.5 million. What’s unknown is whether Cam will be 100 percent healthy coming into this season and also whether or not he has the starting job locked up. Analysts and fans expected Jarrett Stidham to take over the legacy of Tom Brady in Foxborough, but Head Coach Bill Belichick may have other plans.
Fans also believed that the Pats could tank this upcoming season to get a chance at drafting Clemson Tigers superstar QB Trevor Lawrence. Cam’s contract is essentially a “prove it” deal where he’ll have the opportunity to prove that the 31-year-old can play at that MVP level or at least stay healthy for an entire season.