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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.

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The Patriots now have $7.79 million in available cap space

Bill Belichick (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots ran into some extra cash. 

Once the new NFL year began, the New England Patriots were among the least active teams on the open market. That was due to the team having such a limited amount of cap space to spend, which forced them to watch Tom Brady and Kyle Van Noy to join new teams. Fast forward to four months later, and the Patriots don’t have cap issues any longer.

On Saturday, the Patriots received settlements in compensation grievances for wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez. As a result, New England now has $7.79 million in cap space.

How the Patriots received the extra money

The Patriots were due to pay Brown a $9 million signing bonus, with half supposed to be paid on Sept. 23, with the other half being paid this past January. However, New England cut ties with Brown three days prior to the first payday, due to the receiver dealing with sexual assault allegations.  So now, the Patriots will give “AB” $5 million, while they recouped $4 million in cap space.

For Hernandez, the Patriots are receiving a $2.55 million settlement after a long grievance process. New England released the former tight end back in 2013 after he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. A year prior to his arrest, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $39.6 million contract extension, with $15.9 million being guaranteed.

As for New England’s current cap number, the Patriots restructured the contract of running back Rex Burkhead to free up around $1 million in space.

Could the Patriots make a run at top free agents in Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen? You certainly can’t rule it out, especially when head coach Bill Belichick has money to spend.

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