That changed Wednesday, as the team finally announced Newton as a member of the 2020 Patriots.
The No. 1 worn by Newton on the Patriots graphic is reportedly accurate, as ESPN’s Field Yates later reported the team had issued the number to Newton. Only three players in Patriots history have worn No. 1, and none have in the Bill Belichick era.
Patriots’ Cam Newton deal was reported last week
The deal should not come as a surprise. News of Newton’s signing first broke June 28. Newton confirmed that news on his Instagram page later that day. He also released a lengthy video bidding farewell to the Carolina Panthers on June 29. A Patriots logo appeared at the end of that video, making it clear Newton was headed to New England.
If the news was expected, why did it take so long for the Patriots to announce the signing? It likely had to do with Newton passing his physical. He was reportedly in New England on July 4 to take his physical. It’s also possible the Patriots wanted to clear up some cap room before announcing the signing. Running back Rex Burkhead restructured his contract with the team Tuesday, perhaps creating more cap space for Newton.
Whatever the holdup, Newton is finally a member of the Patriots. The rest of the NFL can officially start having nightmares about the plays Bill Belichick will run with Newton leading the team’s offense.
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