Can former MVP Cam Newton be money for Patriots at quarterback?

Cam Newton was signed by the New England Patriots, but will the deal workout for both parties next season.

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June 30, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) prepares to throw a pass as quarterback Kyle Allen, right, looks on during the team's first practice of training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Newton is signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS

Quarterback Cam Newton arrives at a bargain-basement price and could be a steal for the New England Patriots in their quest to fill the vacancy created by Tom Brady’s departure.

Even as news of the Newton signing rippled through the sports world — all attributed to unnamed sources — the Patriots declined to confirm they have added the former No. 1 pick and NFL most valuable player to their roster. Nonetheless, even the club’s website, Patriots.com, heralded the signing.

That Newton, the erstwhile centerpiece of the Carolina Panthers, reportedly signed a one-year deal that will pay him as much as $7.5 million this season rankled a fellow NFL icon. Ten starting quarterbacks will make at least $20 million more than that this season.

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