As a curtain call to all the rumours and speculations about his exit from New England Patriots, Cam Newton is returning to the franchise on a one year deal, latest reports have confirmed.
Back in early January, Cam Newton was supposedly to be traded away from the six time Super Bowl champions after a dreadful 2020 season with with just seven wins and nine losses.
Cam Newton’s new Patriots contract is estimated at $14 million
The former Carolina Panthers stalwart, who arrived at New England in 2020, will be returning to Bill Belichick’s squad for the next season as well, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schefter’s report claims the deal is somewhere close to $14 million, almost double from the maximum value of $7.5 million when Newton joined the Pats last year on a one year deal as well.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network also confirmed the same, while calling it a “relatively low-risk move” by Belichick.
Interestingly, having a new contract with the Patriots was something that was in the mind of Newton, who expressed his desire to stay with his new franchise in an interview in February last year.
“I’m getting tired of changing [teams],” Newton said on the “I Am Athlete” podcast at that time, “I am at a point in my career where I know way more than I did last year. Yes, I would go back.”
A 2011 first round draft pick out of the Auburn Tigers, Cam Newton arrived at the Panthers and four years later, he was named the NFL MVP and also made his first Super Bowl appearance against the champions Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50.
After nine seasons at Panthers, Newton was picked up by Belichick for his Patriots ranks after the departure of franchise stalwart Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who became a record seven time winner of the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LV this year.
Last season, the 31-year-old made 15 appearances for the Pats, completing 242 out of 368 passes (65.8% pct), covering 2657 yards along with 8 passing TDs, 12 rushing TDs and 10 interceptions.
All things considered, Cam Newton is returning to the Patriots with hopes of a better performance in the upcoming season, as well as proving that one teenager wrong who was hinting back in February that the QB’s career was about to go to the rags.