“I’m as excited as I don’t know what now !! »Newton posted on Instagram« All praise to God !! Submit the content tomorrow !! I hope you are ready !! Let’sgoPats. ”
The Patriots were heading to training camp with Jarrett Stidham, the fourth-round pick in 2019, as the heir to Brady, who has led the team to six Super Bowl championships since 2001 but signed with Tampa Bay in the off season. Stidham appeared in three games last season, completing two passes for 14 yards with an interception.
The only other experienced quarterback in the AFC East defending champions roster was Brian Hoyer, 34, who started 38 games in 11 years with seven NFL teams, including the Patriots twice.
Selected three times in the Pro Bowl and best player in the league in 2015, Newton remains the all-time NFL leader in rushed touchdowns by a quarterback. He had one year left on a $ 103.8 million, five-year contract, but the Panthers saved $ 19.1 million under the salary cap by releasing him on March 24.
Newton, 31, was the number one pick in the 2011 draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy. He helped the Panthers reach the playoffs four times, including the Super Bowl in 2015.
The Panthers finished 15-1 that season and Newton won league honors after throwing for 3,837 and 35 touchdowns and rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he was criticized after Carolina’s 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl for not jumping on a loose ball late in the game and shortening his post-match press conference.
After missing the post-season season in 2016, the Panthers returned to an 11-5 record the following year, losing to the New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round. More problematic, a shoulder injury seriously hampered his launch in 2018; after starting 6-2, the Panthers lost their next seven games.
Newton had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff before the 2019 season. However, he injured his foot in a brief appearance in the third pre-season game against New England; he only played two games last season before being placed on an injured reserve with a broken Lis Franc.
Newton has since rehabilitated, posting several training videos on Instagram. But because of the coronavirus, he has not had the opportunity to meet other teams to show that he is in good health.
In nine seasons, he had 2,371 passes for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns with 108 interceptions. He also ran for 4,806 yards and 58 scores.