The Patriots will re-sign quarterback Cam Newton for a year, according to a league source

Newton spent the 2020 season in New England replacing Tom Brady and passed 2nd657 yards and eight touchdowns he also missed part of the season after testing positive for COVID-19

The former NFL MVP had strong games early in the 2020 season, including a standout performance in a September loss to Seattle, but was wildly inconsistent on track a battle with COVID and injuries to iconic teammates like Julian Edelman, David Andrews and Rex Burkhead didn’t help He ended his career lows (as a starter) in completions, overtaking and touchdowns as the team finished 7-9

Newton set a new franchise record for the most rushing yards in a season for a quarterback at 592. The Patriots went 7-9 and missed the playoffs

Former Patriots Quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, who left the team in the off-season to become head coach at the University of Arizona, welcomed the development

â ???? So happy to see that! @CameronNewton is a special person and a great player I can’t wait to see him this season! Fish wrote on Twitter

In February Newton said on the “I’m an athlete” Podcast that he was interested in re-signing with the Patriots

“Yeah, damn yeah” Newton said I’m tired of moving, brother I’m getting to a point in my career where I know a lot more than I did last yearâ ????

â € œDoughboy [Nâ ???? Keal Harry] knows me Jakobi [Meyers] knows me Bud [Damiere Byrd] knows me The young tight ends know me The younger people who are going to come in know me he said, “How are we still trying to flush out the 20 years it used to be. And I go in and I say,” It’s not me”a ????”

In 2020, the Patriots signed Newton, released by the Carolina Panthers, as a free agent just before the July training camp, this time preventing Newton from reaching the free agency which starts on Wednesday when the new one NFL league year begins begins

Newton struggled to adapt to the New England crimes, admitting that his mechanics needed refinement and decisions made (ie his internal clock) needed to be faster

Drafted fourth round in 2019, Jarrett Stidham is under contract through the 2022 season.He spent the final season as Newton’s backup.He played in five games in 2020, completing 24 of 48 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions

This story is updated by Christopher Price from the Globe team and Conor Roche from the Bostoncom employee contributed

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