Patriots to Sign Former Panthers QB Cam Newton

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news on Sunday.

Newton’s deal is a very minimal “prove it” type of deal. Low on money and high on incentives. According to a source to Pro Football Talk, the ability to play for head coach Bill Belichick and the chance to re-start his career in the Patriots system, played a major role in his decision to sign in New England.

Newton, who was the first overall pick of the 2011 draft, will battle for the starting position with second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Both Stidham and Newton played at Auburn.

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