Julian Edelman is ready for a new era in New England following the signing of Cam Newton, but Patriots legend Tom Brady was quick to remind him of their storied partnership.
Newton, the NFL MVP in 2015, could soon be the Patriots’ starting quarterback after reportedly signing a one-year deal with New England following his release by the Panthers in March.
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Shoulder and foot issues in his final two seasons with the Panthers have left doubt as to whether Newton can ever be at his best again. If he is healthy, however, then Newton will be regarded as the favorite to take the reins from Brady following the latter’s departure for the Buccaneers after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles. Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round draft pick of the Pats in 2019, was previously seen as the presumptive 2020 starter.
Brady’s rapport with Edelman was crucial to three of New England’s six championships, with the latter named MVP of their Super Bowl 53 win over the Rams at the end of the 2018 season.
In an Instagram post featuring a mocked-up image of Edelman celebrating with Newton in Patriots uniforms, the wideout expressed excitement at the former Panther’s arrival.
Brady replied, writing: “I will always be your #1.”
Given the success the two enjoyed together, Brady’s claim may be correct, but he could soon have some competition if Newton returns to peak form in Foxborough.