The Facts: It’s officially official: Newton is a member of the Patriots. The quarterback passed his physical and signed his deal, with the team announcing the transaction Wednesday.
Diehards Line: Newton, 31, was released by the Panthers on March 24. He remained on the open market until agreeing to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden deal on June 28. Newton, who recently posted he was tired of being humble, will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the starting job in New England. With a league MVP and a Super Bowl start, Newton is the favorite to win the job. ... If healthy.