Patriots sign Cam Newton as potential Tom Brady replacement

The Patriots’ competition to replace Tom Brady just got a whole lot more interesting on Sunday.

New England signed former league MVP Cam Newton to a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million, NFL Network reported.

Newton, who turned 31 last month, was released by the Panthers in March after his career was derailed by foot and shoulder injuries, leading him to play in only two games last season.

Many NFL pundits expected second-year quarterback and former fourth-round pick Jarred Stidham to replace Brady, who left after two decades to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But now Newton, the 2011 first overall pick, likely becomes the favorite to start in New England with the season slated to start on schedule in September.

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