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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WGHP) — Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is returning.

On Thursday, Newton and the Panthers agreed to a deal, bringing the two together for the first time since the quarterback was released in March 2020.

The deal was pending a physical, which Newton has passed, according to ESPN’s David Newton.

Newton, who played nine seasons with the Panthers before his release, signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots a few months later.

The Patriots released Newton in August, leaving the player a free agent while the Panthers search for another quarterback after Sam Darnold suffered an incomplete fracture in his right shoulder blade.

See the full statement from the Carolina Panthers below:

He’s back.

The Panthers on Thursday agreed to terms with quarterback Cam Newton, bringing the former No. 1 overall pick back to Charlotte, pending a physical.

The 32-year-old Newton adds experience to the position, and offers possibilities on offense which can only help.

With starter Sam Darnold out four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, the Panthers’ only other quarterbacks on the active roster were P.J. Walker and recently acquired Matt Barkley.

But it’s not just Newton’s 139 NFL starts that make him valuable, it’s the possibilities to help a defense that is near the top of the league, for a team that still has legitimate playoff hopes.

In Newton’s nine seasons with the Panthers, he threw for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns, and ran for 58 touchdowns. He’s the team’s all-time leader in all three categories, and he’s also third on the team’s all-time rushing list with 4,806 yards, trailing only Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.

Newton won the NFL offensive rookie of the year award in 2011, and league MVP honors in 2015, when he led the team to a 15-1 record and a berth in the Super Bowl.

He’s also the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 70, 12 of which came last year in 15 starts with the Patriots.