It took him three months, but Cam Newton has finally landed with a new team. The quarterback has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, getting the chance to replace Tom Brady.

Newton is expected to compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer to be New England’s starting quarterback in the 2020 NFL season. If Newton performs like he did for most of his career with the Carolina Panthers, he should sit atop the Patriots’ depth chart.

From 2011-2019, Newton began each year as Carolina’s starter. He made three Pro Bowls, four playoff appearances and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50. During Carolina’s 2015 run to the Super Bowl, Newton was named the NFL MVP.

That was the last time Newton was selected to the Pro Bowl. Injuries have prevented Newton from finishing each of the two seasons. The former No.1 overall draft pick was done after 14 games in 2018 because of a shoulder injury, and Newton only played two games in 2019 before foot surgery sidelined him for good.

Newton wasn’t at full strength in either game last season. He completed 50 of his 89 pass attempts for 572 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a 71.0 passer rating. The foot injury limited Newton to just five rushing yards.

The Panthers lost both of Newton’s starts in 2019. Dating back to 2018, Newton has gone 0-8 in his last eight games. During that span, the 31-year-old has thrown nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Newton’s best passer rating in his last five games is 72.1.

Before Newton’s shoulder started to give him problems in 2018, he was putting up some of the best stats of his career. Over the course of a 6-2 start, Newton completed 67.3% of his passes for 1,893 yards, 15 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 100.8 passer rating. 

Newton still finished 2018 with a career-high 67.9 completion percentage. His 24 touchdowns and 94.2 passer rating were his second-best as a pro. Newton ran for 488 yards, 4.8 yards per carry and four touchdowns.

During his MVP season, Newton threw for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 99.4 passer rating. He ran for 636 yards with 10 scores on the ground. The Panthers had a 15-1 record.

In every other full season, Newton has thrown for at least 12 interceptions with fewer than 25 touchdowns. Into his 30s and after foot surgery, he might not be the same threat to run that he was in his prime with Carolina.

If the last healthy version of Newton returns, New England could be on its way to another AFC East title.

Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images