Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady

Cam Newton (Photo: Carolina Panthers)

BOSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton.

The one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives, according to the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

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Newton was the 2015 NFL MVP.

He will help the defending AFC East champions move on from the departure of three-time MVP Tom Brady, who left for Tampa Bay this offseason.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Newton remains the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns rushing by a quarterback.

The Panthers saved $19.1 million under the salary cap by releasing him on March 24.