The New England Patriots had a gap in the quarterback position with Tom Brady leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but are bringing in a former MVP to fill the void. On Sunday, the Patriots signed Cam Newton to a 1-year deal worth up to $7.5 million.
The former NFC Champion was sidelined due to a foot injury for most of the 2019 season. He now has a lot to prove and a chip on his shoulder after being released from the Carolina Panthers in March and staying on the free agent market for quite some time. Newton, a former No. 1 draft pick, has thrown for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions and rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career.
Newton tweeted about the signing, saying (in his typical bizarre font), “I’m excited as I don’t know what right now. All praise to god. Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you’re ready. #LetsGoPats.”
Players around the league are congratulating Newton on the signing. Here are some of the best player reactions:
Brady reacted to his possible successor saying, “Under Armour QBs” with “100” emojis. Looks like the GOAT approves. Newton commented on the same post with his signature, “-1øvë.”
Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman shared a photoshopped post with Newton, captioning it with a fitting Massachusetts town.
His former running back Christian McCaffrey tweeted, “So happy for my guy!”
Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told Newton that his hard work has paid off.
Melvin Gordon is rooting for Cam.
Cameron Jordan said the AFC East just got a little more interesting.
Patriots running back James White had the same feelings.
Jonathan Stewart is predicting an epic comeback.
Dez Bryant calls the news “major” for Newton.
Jamal Adams thinks Belichick is making some good moves.
Hall of Famer Warren Moon says “a great organization knows great talent, and accepts that talent into their program to keep winning alive and possible!”
Dwayne Haskins reacted with a fire emoji.
Joe Mixon says Newton is in a great situation.