Out with one former NFL MVP, in with another.
The Patriots reportedly signed Cam Newton to a one-year contract Sunday, bringing the free-agent quarterback in to compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer after Tom Brady left New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March.
So, what does Brady think of the Patriots signing the 2015 NFL MVP to replace him?
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Here's what the 42-year-old QB commented on the NFL's Instagram post announcing the Newton news:
"@underarmour QBs 💯💯" Brady wrote in a nod to both quarterbacks sharing Under Armour as a sponsor. (Fun fact: Newton's first commercial was an Under Armour spot with Brady in Aug. 2011.)
The Patriots are entering uncharted waters with Newton: If he beats out Stidham for the starting QB job, he'll be New England's first starting signal-caller who wasn't homegrown since 1993.
Cam Newton could become the first @Patriots starting QB who wasn't drafted by the team since Scott Secules in 1993.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 29, 2020
New England has had one of its own draft picks start at QB in 471 straight games (reg & post), over 200 more than any other streak all-time (1975-90 Cowboys, 248).
Even if Newton doesn't catch on in New England, the Patriots already have made history.
An update from @EliasSports— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 29, 2020
The Patriots are the first team in NFL history to lose a former MVP in free agency and gain a former MVP in the same offseason.
While Newton's talent is undeniable -- he's a three-time Pro Bowler and former Heisman Trophy winner who's 2-0 against the Patriots -- the 31-year-old's health remains a question mark after he missed 14 games last season due to a foot injury.
We'd say Newton could take some training tips from his Patriots predecessor -- but the Bucs QB isn't exactly a great role model at the moment.