By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New England Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. The team has been making moves to change that.
Cam Newton had a disastrous first season with the Patriots. However, he’ll be back with the team for another campaign.
He has agreed to a one-year deal for the upcoming 2021 season. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he’ll receive nearly $14 million in this new agreement.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss has reported that Newton will receive $5 million in a base salary. The remaining $9 million could be reached through incentives.
This transaction also ends speculation that the Patriots would try to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. The San Francisco 49ers signal-caller was previously acquired in a trade with the Patriots.
But Garoppolo would have had to waive his no-trade clause. He does not have to do that now — at least not in a move to the Patriots.
Despite addressing the quarterback situation, the Patriots will still be in the market for a quarterback of the future. New England has nearly $70 million to spend in free agency.
Most of the $70 million will be spent on the offense. That’s the belief going into the open market when the new league year starts on March 17th.
Newton beat out Jarrett Stidham, who many thought would be the Patriots starter when Tom Brady left. Brady signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady also signed an extension with the Buccaneers just hours after the news came out that Newton re-signed.
This past season, Newton appeared in 15 games, including 15 starts with the Patriots. He went 7-8 as a starter.
He went 242 of 368 for 2,657 yards. Newton threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Newton has appeared in 140 games, including 139 starts. He has a 75-63-1 record as a starter.
He has gone 2,613 for 4,348 for 31,698 in his career. Newton has thrown 190 touchdown passes and 118 interceptions.
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