Patriots sign quarterback Newton to one-year deal

Patriots sign quarterback Newton to one-year deal

Patriots sign quarterback Newton to one-year deal

The Pats also pulled this off in the middle of the damn summer, a few weeks before training camps are scheduled to open (maybe).

Tom Brady wasn't re-signed by the Patriots, instead signing on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who, as it happens, the Raiders face in week seven. But of all the teams impacted by the signing, the Dolphins will be the first team impacted, as they'll have to face Newton's offense Week 1 in Foxborough.

That punishment was overshadowed by Newton's signing. If Newton can show glimpses of his past self, it's hard not to count the Patriots among potential contenders once again with him under center. Newton, 31, underwent two shoulder surgeries in recent years and missed nearly all of last season with a foot injury. The incident happened during Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals when the Patriots illegally taped their sideline. The only difference is that New England has long done this without having to worry about its quarterback.

That "worth up to $7.5M" is the real giveaway: Newton's deal appears to be heavy on incentives.

Mike Reiss says it's a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Patriots.

The league has also taken away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft and banned the team's production crew from filming any games in the 2020 season.

It's been a tough offseason for Newton, as he balanced searching for a new team, recovering from his recent foot injury and, of course, being isolated and quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throw in a quality defense with the best secondary in the league and New England is suddenly right back where we're used to, among the most intriguing teams in the AFC.

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