A source familiar with the Patriots’ thinking that the pact with Newton was appealing to the team as a low-risk, high-reward position, factoring in Newton’s health, a modest contract and without Brady at quarterback for New England Infection.
In a brief message posted on Instagram on Sunday night, Newton wrote, “I’m excited because I don’t know what right now!” With the hashtag “#LETSgoPATS.”
The Carolina Panthers selected Newton for No. 1 on March 24, 2011, ending their nine-year relationship.
Carolina moved from its one-time franchise quarterback after agreeing to a contract with free agent Teddy Bridgwater to become the team’s new starter.
Newton has continued rehab from foot surgery and was physically coordinated by the Panthers and his agency in Atlanta on March 23, sources told Shehart.
Newton reported that Newton had passed a physical exam at the age of 31 in May and was healthy, a source said after “thoroughly examining” both his shoulders and legs. “He is more hungry than ever and looks forward to the next opportunity.”
In New England, where head coach Bill Belichick often says that players determine their roles based on performance, Newton will have to defeat Stidham and Hoyer, who were previously working in the field on the field. The Patriots currently have Rocky free agents Jayr Smith and Brian Leveke on the quarterback depth chart.