QB Cam Newton Returning to the Pats on a 1-Year, $14 Million Deal

Cam Newton with the Panthers in 2017
Cam Newton with the Panthers in 2017. Photo by Damon Tarver/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Cam Newton is expected to return to the New England Patriots for the 2021 NFL season. According to multiple reports, Newton and the Pats are currently finalizing a new one-year deal.

Newton is reportedly expected to get a $14 million salary in 2021. He earned $1.05 million last season, signing a veteran’s minimum deal with New England in free agency.

Newton started 15 games for the Patriots in 2020, leading the team to a 7-8 record. He delivered some eye-catching performances and rushed for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The issue, however, was that Newton was wildly inconsistent in the passing game. Despite completing 65.8 percent of his passes, he only managed to throw for 2,657 yards and had more picks than TDs (8-10).

After the season ended, Newton’s future with the organization was unclear, although the 31-year-old player was hopeful that he would remain in New England.

“I’m getting tired of changing, bro,” Newton told the I Am Athlete podcast. “I’m getting to a point in my career where I know way more than I knew last year.”

Before joining the Pats, Cam Newton spent nine years with the Carolina Panthers. He won the NFL MVP Award in 2015 and led the franchise to a Super Bowl 50 appearance.

The Panthers released Newton last offseason after he struggled with injuries and only played two games in 2019.