Will Cam Newton avoid the fate of these five?
The New England Patriots' signing of Cam Newton has football fans wondering what fireworks the 2020 NFL season will produce. Given how Belichick reignited the careers of Randy Moss and countless others, one can only imagine what he will do with one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history.
However, many good players have signed with the Patriots for a hot minute or lackluster season. Here are the five most memorable.
5. Chad Johnson — Trade with Cincinnati Bengals (2011)
The Patriots traded a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft and a sixth-round pick in '13 to acquire "Ochocinco," who did not experience a "Mossaissance" in New England. Johnson caught only 15 passes for 276 yards and was released in the summer of 2012.
4. Joey Galloway — Free Agency (2009)
The Patriots signed the veteran speedster, who had a tough time learning the team's offense and made only seven catches in the first three games. New England placed him on the inactive list for Weeks 4-6 before releasing him. Galloway played one more season with the Washington Redskins before retiring.
3. Joseph Addai — Free Agency (2012)
After the Colts released him, the 29-year-old running back signed a one-year contract with the Patriots but never took the field. He failed his physical exam at the beginning of training camp and was cut the next day.
2. Tim Tebow — Free Agency (2013)
The New York Jets released Tebow after one season in 2013, and the Patriots scooped him up before minicamp. He completed just 36.7 percent of his passes and had a 47.2 passer rating in the preseason, and New England released him before the regular season. Tebow signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 but was cut before the regular season there as well. He has since tried a pro career in baseball and spent some time in the minors with the Mets.
1. Antonio Brown – Free Agency (2019)
The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver requested that the Pittsburgh Steelers trade him after the 2018 season. They complied, sending him to Oakland Raiders. He then demanded that the Raiders release him. They did, and he signed with the Patriots. There, Brown played one game, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins before being cut because of sexual and personal misconduct allegations. To date, he is still a free agent.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.