An NFL quarterback known for his unique fashion sense completes the process that will allow him to play for a coach famous for his crumpled hoodies.
Bill Belichick is also famous for his championships, having won six Super Bowls as head coach of the New England Patriots. All of these championships came with Tom Brady as the New England quarterback, but he is no longer on the team.
Cam Newton will have the opportunity to replace Brady with the Patriots. The former Auburn All-American is in Foxborough, Massachusetts this weekend to do a physical exam and, if all goes to plan, sign a year-long contract with the Patriots.
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The news that the Patriots and former Auburn All-American had signed a contract was announced on Sunday evening, and when the process is complete, it will close an NFL quarterback circle that began in March.
Brady left the Patriots after 20 seasons as a free agent and signed a $ 50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That meant the Bucs didn’t have to try to re-sign their starting QB for the past five seasons, former Hueytown High School standout player Jameis Winston.
An unrestricted free agent, Winston went to the New Orleans Saints, who had a vacancy behind Drew Brees because replacement Teddy Bridgewater had left for the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers signed Bridgewater for a three-year, $ 63-million agency contract on March 23, the same day that Carolina released Newton, who now has the option of filling Brady’s former location with the Patriots.
Newton only played two games with Carolina in 2019 due to a foot injury. Prior to that, he had been the Panthers’ starting QB since joining the team as the first player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. He left Carolina as the all-time leader of the franchise, holder of the NFL record for the touchdown led by a quarterback and most useful player of the NFL 2015.
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Winston plays back-up after passing for 5,109 yards (the eighth record in a season in NFL history) and 33 touchdowns in 2019, when he also became the first player in the league to throw at least 30 interceptions since 1988. Like Newton, he left as an all-time franchise leader.
Newton and Winston are among the current nine NFL quarterbacks with football roots in Alabama.
Former Athens high school star Philip Rivers has also changed the NFL teams this season. He also left the Los Angeles Chargers as a franchise career leader after starting every game for the team since the start of the 2006 season.
Rivers is expected to be under the Colts center in Indianapolis in 2020 after signing a one-year, $ 25 million agency contract.
The other NFL quarters of Alabama high schools and colleges include:
· Devlin Hodges (Mortimer Jordan, Samford) went from a rookie minicamp test player to a six-game starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. Ben Roethlisberger returning from an elbow injury after missing 14 games in 2019, Hodges will compete with Mason Rudolph for the role of substitute.
· Jalen Hurts (Alabama) joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a second-round selection in the April 24 NFL draft. He will likely head for the alternate position behind Carson Wentz as a rookie.
· AJ McCarron (Episcopal of St. Paul, Alabama) is the replacement for Deshaun Watson with the Houston Texans. In his sixth season in the NFL, McCarron made a start for the Texans in 2019.
· Nick Mullens (Spain Park) is the replacement for Jimmy Garoppolo with the San Francisco 49ers. Mullens only took seven shots in 2019 during the NFC 49ers’ championship season. But he threw 2,277 yards in the last eight games of the 2018 season.
· Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) appeared on track to follow Brady with the Patriots until New England signed Newton. A fourth-round pick in 2019, Stidham was Brady’s replacement for rookie.
· Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) joined the Miami Dolphins as the fifth player chosen in the April 23 NFL draft. He will try to overthrow Ryan Fitzpatrick as a quarterback from the Dolphins.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter Sheet AMarkG1.
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