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Cam Newton’s deal with Patriots becomes official

Cam Newton's one-year contract with the Patriots formally appeared on the NFL transaction wire on Wednesday.
Cam Newton's one-year contract with the Patriots formally appeared on the NFL transaction wire on Wednesday.DOUG MILLS/NYT

It’s official: Cam Newton is a member of the New England Patriots.

The team announced its one-year deal with the longtime Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2015 NFL MVP on Wednesday evening, though news broke of the signing on March 28. Newton’s already been hard at work with his new team, working out with Mohamed Sanu in Los Angeles early last week and posting a shot of himself studying the Patriots playbook on Tuesday.

Newton’s incentive-laden deal could be worth up to $7.5 million, far less than the $21.1 million Carolina would have owed him this season had the team not opted to bring in Teddy Bridgewater on a three-year deal. The 31-year-old played in just two games last season behind new Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen, done in by a Lisfranc injury in his foot. That injury followed a shoulder problem that Newton played through in 2018, and that required surgery after the season.

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Fellow Auburn alum Jarrett Stidham will be his primary competition for the starting job, with Brian Hoyer, J’Mar Smith, and Brian Lewerke also in the mix.