June 28 (UPI) — The New England Patriots are signing former Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton to a short-term contract.

League sources advised ESPN and NFL Media on Sunday that Newton and the Patriots reached an settlement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. In response to NFL Media, the three-time Professional Bowl choice can earn as much as $7.5 million.

The Panthers launched Newton on March 24, ending his nine-year tenure with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 general in 2011. Carolina parted methods with him after agreeing to a contract with former New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Newton — who continues to rehab from foot surgical procedure — remained a free agent after his launch as a result of tryout restrictions associated to the coronavirus pandemic. In response to ESPN, he underwent a bodily in Atlanta on March 23 that was coordinated by the Panthers and his representatives.

Newton, 31, handed the bodily and is now wholesome, in keeping with ESPN. He missed 14 video games final season with a Lisfranc damage and the final two video games of the 2018 marketing campaign due to a shoulder ailment that additionally wanted surgical procedure.

The Patriots confronted questions on their quarterback scenario after the departure of celebrity signal-caller Tom Brady, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year deal this low season after spending 20 years in New England. The group did not choose a quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.

Newton will enter the combo to assist change Brady. The Patriots even have Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer of their quarterback room.

Newton, who holds many of the Panthers’ profession passing data, has handed for 29,041 yards with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions in his profession. He additionally has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns.