Quarterback Cam Newton, a former N.F.L. most valuable player who has been dogged by injuries in recent years, has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.
Newton, who was drafted first over all in 2011 by the Carolina Panthers and has played his entire career in Carolina, became a free agent this off-season. After missing just six games in his first eight seasons, he played in just two games last year. Newton has injured his knee, shoulder and the Lisfranc ligament of his left foot, necessitating surgery — a few months before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted off-season N.F.L. player movement.
Newton was released by the Panthers in March amid an organizational reshuffling that saw the departures of the head coach, Ron Rivera, and a stalwart linebacker, Luke Kuechly.
Before injuries slowed him down, Newton, 31, was one of the league’s most dominant quarterbacks and the best offensive player in Panthers history. He has thrown for more than 29,000 yards and 182 touchdowns in his career. He has run for more than 4,800 yards and 58 touchdowns as well.
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SOURCE: New York Times, Ken Belson