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 starting quarterback for the Patriots after reportedly inking a one-year deal with New England following his release by the Carolina Panthers in March.

Having battled shoulder and foot issues in his final two seasons with the Panthers, there is doubt as to whether he can recapture his best. 

However, if healthy, Newton will be regarded as the favourite to take the reins of the offense from Brady following his departure for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl titles, with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham having previously been seen as the presumptive 2020 starter.

Brady's rapport with wide receiver Edelman was crucial to three of New England's six championships, with the latter named MVP of their Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles 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.

Richard Sherman has labelled Cam Newton's reported contract with the New England Patriots "disgusting", as the 2015 NFL MVP is set to earn a maximum of only $7.5million.

Reports on Sunday claimed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Newton had agreed to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden contract with New England, a move the free agent appeared to confirm when he wrote "'#letsgoPats" in a message on his social media channels.

Prior to his MVP campaign in 2015, Newton signed a five-year extension worth $103.8m with $60m in guarantees, but his deal with the Pats is thought to max out at just $7.5m and could end up paying him the veteran minimum of $1.05m.

The 31-year-old has battled injuries in recent seasons but San Francisco 49ers cornerback Sherman is furious that a three-time Pro Bowler with an MVP campaign on his resume is being paid so little.

Quoting a post about Newton's deal with New England, Sherman wrote on Twitter: "How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) Just ridiculous.

"A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting."

Newton only played in half of Carolina's 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons due to shoulder and foot injuries.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will earn $35m in 2020 - the most at the position - while even $7.5m would still only put nine-year veteran Newton in the region of players on their rookie deals, like the New York Jets' Sam Darnold and the Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky.

Taysom Hill will earn $16m in New Orleans, even though Drew Brees is the Saints' starter at quarterback, while Jacoby Brissett, expected to be Philip Rivers' backup with the Indianapolis Colts, is set to bring home $15m.

Cam Newton "will be great" as the New England Patriots' quarterback, according to one of his former offensive coordinators.

The 2015 NFL MVP's wait to find a new team is seemingly over after the Patriots reportedly agreed terms on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with Newton on Sunday.

Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, leading them to the playoffs on four occasions and to Super Bowl 50, where they were beaten by the Denver Broncos.

However, he has been troubled by shoulder and foot injuries in recent seasons and the Panthers decided to move on from Newton after the 2019 season as they look to rebuild under new head coach Matt Rhule.

Newton has now landed in New England, where he will be expected to succeed Tom Brady as their starting QB, and ex-Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner thinks it is a savvy move from Bill Belichick's franchise.

"I think it'll be really good for Cam," Turner told Sports Illustrated. "And I think it'll be good for the Patriots."

Belichick called Turner and asked for a reference on Newton, who he coached in Carolina in 2018 and 2019.

"My whole deal is, when Cam was healthy, and we were there with him [in 2018], we were 6–2," Turner added.

"Just look at the tape - played his ass off. His issue was more health than anything else, and from what I understand, I don't think these are health issues that he can't overcome.

"He's had the time off now. I think he'll be great."

Newton posted a message on his social media accounts outlining his excitement to play for one of the most successful NFL franchises in recent years.

"I'm excited as I don't know what right now," the 31-year-old wrote.

"All praise to God! Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you're ready!! #letsgoPats"

Cam Newton has agreed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to reports.

ESPN claims former NFL MVP quarterback Newton will join the Patriots on an incentive-laden contract.

Newton is set to try and help the Patriots fill the void left by legendary QB Tom Brady, who departed New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via free agency.

The 31-year-old Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers in March, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte and thrown for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.

Newton was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, selected by the Panthers.

He won the MVP in the 2015 season, which saw him lead the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, where they lost to the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers made the playoffs in four of Newton's nine seasons with the team.

However, in recent years, Newton has been hindered by injuries.

Newton battled a shoulder injury in 2018, with a once-promising campaign derailed as the Panthers lost seven of their last eight games to finish 7-9.

He played only two games in 2019, losing both, with Lisfranc fracture forcing him to watch the rest of a 5-11 season from the sideline.

Joe Bugel, best known as the architect of the Washington Redskins' dominating "Hogs" offensive line, died at the age of 80 on Sunday. 

Bugel began his NFL coaching career with the Detroit Lions in 1975 and was also with the Houston Oilers before joining the Redskins in 1981 and working under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs through 1989. 

He helped Washington win two Super Bowl titles in three appearances from 1982-87. 

"I am absolutely devastated by the news of Joe's passing," Redskins owner Dan Snyder said. "Joe was a larger than life figure and a true legend of his profession. He exemplified what it meant to be a Redskin with his character and ability to connect with his players along with a work ethic that was unmatched. 

"We shared a special bond and he was a great friend. He was a man who not only gave me a better understanding of the game of football, but who also gave me perspective on what is truly important in life. I absolutely adored him and will miss him terribly."

Gibbs said: "Joe had an incredible passion for the game of football. He came to work every day with such great excitement and his players had tremendous respect for him. The strength of our coaching staff on both sides of the ball was a key reason we had so much success. 

"Bugel was such a big part of that and his impact was felt not only by those Redskins' teams, but truly across the entire league. I will miss his friendship and I will always cherish our late-night arguments putting together the game plan each week."

Bugel left Washington and became head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals from 1990-93, going 20-44. His next stop was with the Oakland Raiders, where he was the assistant head coach for offense from 1995-96 before posting a 4-12 record as head coach in 1997. 

Bugel eventually made his way back to the Redskins, finishing his career as the assistant head coach for offense from 2004-09. 

"His accomplishments as one of our sport's truly legendary coaches speak for themselves," Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said. "But the first thing I think of is how he lived his life and the kind of quality human being Joe Bugel was. 

"We join all of those who today celebrate his remarkable life and mourn his passing."

Brett Favre believes the Green Bay Packers should deploy rookie quarterback Jordan Love like the New Orleans Saints use Taysom Hill.

The Packers stunned the NFL world when they traded up to select Utah State's Love in the first round of April's draft despite seemingly being set at the position for the foreseeable future with likely Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers.

While Love is expected to bide his time until the Packers move on from 36-year-old Rodgers, Favre sees a way for Green Bay to get him in on offensives series early in his career.

Packers legend Favre highlighted Drew Brees' versatile deputy Hill, who the Saints line up as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, as well as on special teams, as an example of how Love's skill set can be utilised.

"I think there's ways to incorporate it much like Taysom Hill with the Saints," Favre told TMZ.

"Use him as a halfback, a halfback pass, but occasionally let him run it just to show that you'll do that. Something like that."

Rodgers was in Love's shoes when he arrived in Green Bay as a first-round pick that had to wait until his fourth year before taking over from Favre as the starter.

Favre was frosty to Rodgers' arrival at first but the two have developed a friendship in recent years, and the ex-Packers QB has spoken with the current incumbent about the franchise drafting his heir apparent having only been one game from the Super Bowl last season.

"I think he's doing very well with it," Favre added.

"My understanding is he reached out to the young quarterback and they spoke and it was good. I think that's a huge plus and a big step in the right direction for Aaron.

"With my discussions with Aaron, I never got the sense that he was upset that they had signed a quarterback, but more so that they didn't get immediate help.

"It just sends the wrong message. I'm not saying that it's the wrong pick, but based on what you're trying to do right now, it doesn't necessarily help."

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James feels the NFL should apology to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

The 32-year-old, who was involved in an NFL workout in November last year, and his message have received renewed attention amid nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.

Three-time NBA champion James was asked about the progress the NFL has made now by coming out in support of Black Lives Matter and pledging $250million to combat systemic racism. 

"As far as the NFL, I'm not in those locker rooms, I'm not with those guys but I do understand that an apology, I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling when he was doing that as a San Francisco 49er," James said during a Zoom interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

"I just see that to still be wrong, and now they are listening some but I think we have not heard that official apology to a man who, basically, sacrificed everything for the better of this world."

Earlier this month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick.

Asked about Kaepernick and his future, Goodell told ESPN: "Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

"If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.

"We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time. But I hope we're at a point now where everybody's committed to making long-term, sustainable change."

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule suggested he may kneel during the United States national anthem this NFL season to support his players who might do the same in protest of racial injustice. 

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after George Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

As players plan to take a knee, first-year NFL head coach Rhule told reporters on Thursday: "I would consider anything as we move forward.

"I'm supportive of the cause, I'm supportive of the movement, I'm supportive of social justice.

"I think for every person, whether coach or player, that will be a very personal decision for each person. It has to be made at the right time for the right reasons for everybody." 

Rhule added that he has yet to determine what course of action he will take in regards to demonstrating his support for social justice causes, stressed he would not make any decisions without first consulting his players. 

"I think a lot of this has come from the players, so I'll sort of wait and see what direction they're leaning and then, like everyone else, will make my decisions," Rhule said.

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has been the lone NFL coach thus far to publicly commit to kneeling alongside his players during the national anthem this season.

O'Brien also attended the funeral of Floyd, a Houston native, along with Texans owner Cal McNair and several players.  

"I'll support my players with whatever they do and when the time comes I'll really think deeply about what's the best thing for me, what's the best thing I can do to show my support," Ruhle said. "But make no mistake, I'm definitely supportive." 

Former Panthers safety Eric Reid routinely kneeled during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality, a stance he also took along with former 49ers team-mate Kaepernick during both players' time in San Francisco.

Reid was released by Carolina in March for salary cap reasons and is currently still a free agent.  

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not expected to be under any restrictions when the Cleveland Browns begin training camp, coach Kevin Stefanski said.

Beckham underwent sports hernia surgery in January but has participated in the Browns' virtual offseason program. The three-time Pro Bowl selection also posted a video of himself taking part in a full-body workout on social media in May.

"Odell is free and clear. He is 100 per cent," Stefanski said in a Zoom conference on Thursday. "He is looking really good."

Beckham played through the injury throughout his first season in Cleveland and managed to appear in all 16 games in 2019, though his final numbers of 74 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards and four touchdowns were all the second-lowest of his six-year career.

A broken ankle limited the 27-year-old to only four games while with the New York Giants in 2017.

Stefanski also touched on the status of fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is recovering from a more significant surgery on his hip in February. The six-year veteran's rehab has gone on as scheduled, but the procedure generally requires a six-to-eight-month timetable for full recovery that puts his availability for the expected start of the regular season into question.

"Jarvis, to his credit, he is looking great, some of the videos I have seen of him moving around," Stefanski said. "We will have a plan for [Landry and Beckham] with [senior vice president of player health and development] Joe [Sheehan] and the athletic training staff. We will make sure that we wrap both of them up appropriately."

Stefanski said that to his knowledge, none of his players have tested positive for coronavirus, and added that he and the coaches will continue to stress the importance of practicing preventive measures in order to remain safe and healthy.

"I have told them that the number one priority is their safety and their family, and we want to make sure that we are here for them and providing any resource for them," he said. "I have reminded them ad nauseam to wash their hands, social distance and really heed the advice of these experts.

"I will just continue to make sure that these guys are knowing that they are being encouraged to stay safe while they are out of this building and in this building."

The rookie head coach said the team is slated to begin training camp on July 28, but he's prepared to adjust that schedule should the NFL cancels practices or preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am comfortable being uncomfortable so whatever comes our way, we will be ready. I understand why that may be a concern for some, but we are just going to plan with what is in front of us. If we hear otherwise, we will be ready to pivot."

The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have announced that all events tied to the induction of the 2020 class, including the Hall of Fame Game, have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's Hall of Fame Game, the traditional opener of the preseason, was to be held on August 6 in Canton, Ohio with the Dallas Cowboys facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The two teams will instead meet in the 2021 edition which was rescheduled for August 5 next year.

Enshrinement of the 2020 Hall of Fame class, a 20-member group that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NFL, will now take place over a two-day period from August 7-8 in 2021.

"We believe postponing Enshrinement Week events in 2020 is the right way to honour our Enshrinees and their families properly, along with the other living Gold Jackets who want to come to Canton for this celebration," Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker said.

"We also believe next year promises to be the greatest gathering in football ever."

Ten modern-era members, including former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, ex-Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, were selected to be part of the 2020 Centennial Class along with 10 others chosen by the seniors committee. The latter group had been scheduled to be inducted in September.

Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson and Edgerrin James were also voted in as modern-era players, while former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was selected as a contributor along with former NFL Films president Steve Sabol and executive George Young.

The Cowboys-Steelers matchup is the first game of the upcoming preseason to be officially cancelled. The NFL has yet to determine whether it will reduce the preseason from its usual four weeks in light of the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 situation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett broke out in a big way last season and will get paid one way or another and that could come as early as Friday.

One of five remaining NFL players who has not signed their franchise tender, Barrett was asked on Wednesday why he has not put pen to paper yet.

"It's still up in the air right now, about 50-50," Barrett said on the NFL Network. "We'll find out a little more information on Friday."

After totaling 14 sacks in 61 games over four seasons with the Denver Broncos, Barrett led the NFL last season with 19.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl bid. He surpassed Warren Sapp's previous franchise record of 16.5 sacks in 2000.

Barrett also led the league with 37 quarterback hits, ranked third with six forced fumbles and had his first career interception.

Barrett has a $15.8million tender available to sign unless he and the Bucs can work out a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons are the other players yet to sign their franchise tags.

Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott said his recovery from a coronavirus diagnosis has been going well and he expects to resume working out soon.

Reports surfaced last week that Elliott was among a number of Cowboys players who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-quarantine at his home. The two-time NFL rushing champion said in an interview on his Twitch channel he experienced some minor symptoms that have since subsided.

"I would say maybe one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then, it wasn't too bad," he said. "I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now I feel good, I feel normal."

Elliott added he plans to get retested next week to be cleared to resume individual workouts, which the Cowboys have had to conduct virtually along with the rest of the NFL under the league's offseason safety protocol.

He said: "I could have gotten retested this week; I just decided it won't hurt just to wait another week and give myself more time to rest up. But I feel good."

Elliott's mother said on Twitter her son was around someone who tested positive three days after they met. Both she and Elliott's sister were also in the presence of that person, but both returned negative tests.

The four-year veteran is expected to be fully cleared in time for training camp, which the NFL still hopes to allow teams to begin on time in late July while it continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

The Washington Redskins continue to distance themselves from former owner George Preston Marshall, now removing his name from their Ring of Fame. 

The decision on Wednesday to get rid of the name of the known racist from inside the Redskins' stadium of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, as well as the history wall at the team's training facility in Ashburn, Virginia, comes four days after a section of seating that bore Marshall's name at FedEx Field was renamed after late Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, the franchise’s first Black player.  

A day before that name change at FedEx Field, Washington officials ordered the removal of a statue of Marshall that stood outside the Redskins' one-time home of RFK Stadium.  

Marshall had a long-standing policy of refusing to sign black players for the majority of his ownership of the Redskins, which lasted from the franchise's inception in Boston in 1932 until his death in 1969. The Redskins did not sign a black player until 1962 after being pressured by both the city and national government. 

"We believe that injustice and inequality of all forms is reprehensible and we are firmly committed to confronting unequal treatment and working together toward healing our city and country," Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, said in a statement last week.

"Removing this statue is a small and an overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice."

Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers team-mates once again got together for a training session on Tuesday, despite the NFL Players Association advising players to stop working out in groups with coronavirus cases on the rise.

Brady led a two-hour workout with at least a dozen Buccaneers colleagues at a private school. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller were among the participants, along with defensive backs Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards.

Center Ryan Jensen and back-up quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin also attended. 

Brady has been regularly working out alongside some of the rest of the Bucs' roster with NFL facilities still closed to players amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tuesday's training session, however, came just days after the NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer asked players to stop the workouts after a number of players contracted the coronavirus - including at least two Bucs players and an assistant coach. 

"Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts," Mayer said Saturday in a statement.

"Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months."

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians also took part in a local public service announcement on Saturday asking the community to practice the proper safety measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has yet to see his franchise quarterback throw a football but reports from his medical team on Ben Roethlisberger's injured throwing elbow are encouraging.  

The 38-year-old underwent surgery on his right elbow in September last year after appearing in just two games of the 2019 season. 

Roethlisberger will be entering his 17th NFL season and ranks fifth among active quarterbacks with 363 passing touchdowns and fourth with 56,545 yards. 

"It's hearsay because I have not witnessed his workouts," Tomlin said of the 2004 first-round pick during a Zoom media call. 

"I have communicated with him consistently throughout. He's comfortable and pleased with where he is. 

"Some of the people that have had an opportunity to work out with him have been impressed and are pleased with where he is. 

"The medical experts are comfortable with where he is in the rehabilitation process and the overall trajectory of his readiness for 2020. Those things being said, I'm comfortable with where he is." 

With Roethlisberger absent, Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges struggled in his place. 

The two combined for 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, the Steelers averaging 186.3 passing yards from Week 3 through the end of the season – ranking them 31st in the NFL. 

The Steelers are due to play their first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 7 as part of their preparations ahead of a Week 1 trip to the New York Giants.

That opener is due to take place on September 14 and while the coronavirus pandemic has cast doubts over the planned schedule, Tomlin has a positive outlook over the 2020 season.

"I'm hopeful. I am always an optimistic person," said Tomlin, who also said he expects to play preseason games.

"I have been a part of the process. When you are a part of the process, I sit on committees, I've had intimate conversations with logistical people and professionals.

"There is probably greater comfort when you are part of the process than when you are on the outside, so it allows me to be optimistic about both things."

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