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.
The Panthers released Newton on March 24 after nine seasons, a move that saved the team $ 19.1 million below the NFL salary cap.
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.
Patriots fined, lose choice for last season’s shoot
The New England Patriots were fined $ 1.1 million by the NFL for inappropriately filming the sidelines of the Cincinnati Bengals during a game last season.
The league also withdrew a third-round pick on Sunday in the 2021 draft.
In addition, the team’s production team will not be allowed to shoot any matches in the 2020 season.
ESPN first reported the sanctions. An NFL spokesperson confirmed the discipline to the Associated Press.
The shooting took place during the Bengals game in Cleveland on December 8 of last season. The Bengals hosted the Patriots the following week and lost 34-13.
When the recording came to light last season, the team said at the time that a team of three producing a web series titled “Do Your Work” “filmed the pitch inappropriately from the press” in as part of a report on the screening service.
The shooting took place “without specific knowledge of the rules of the league,” the statement said.
In addition, the team’s statement last season said that even if they had obtained credentials for the Browns’ crew, “our failure to notify the Bengals and the league was an unintentional error.”
When confronted, the team said the team “immediately turned over all the footage to the league and fully cooperated.”
Severely punished before
At the time, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that neither he nor his coaching team had watched the video clip.
“Personally, I have never watched video footage, nothing that these producers have done, other than what is shown on public television or anything like that,” Belichick said in December.
Previously, New England was fined $ 250,000 and lost a first-round pick in 2007 for breaking NFL rules against using video to steal signals in a scandal dubbed ” Spygate ”. Belichick was also fined $ 500,000.
Spygate fueled a distrust of the Patriots that persisted when the team was accused of illegally deflating the soccer balls used in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
The penalty imposed by the NFL in this case was also severe. Quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for four games, and the team has been fined $ 1 million and tied up another first-round pick.