Cam Newton signs one-year New England Patriots contract

Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton has agreed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.

The 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player will join the six-time Super Bowl champions in a deal worth up to $7.5m, according to the NFL Network, citing an informed source.

Newton, 31, led the Carolina Panthers to a place in Super Bowl 50 five years ago and will challenge 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the starting role vacated by three-time MVP Tom Brady, who left to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

“I’m as excited as I don’t know what right now!!” Newton posted on Instagram. “All praise to God!! Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you’re ready!! Let’sgoPats.”

Newton, a former No 1 overall draft pick in 2011, had spent his entire nine-year professional career with the Carolina Panthers until he was released by the franchise in March after they signed Teddy Bridgewater.

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