AP Source: Cam Newton Cut So Mac Jones Can Start as QB for the New England Patriots

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FILE – New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) is shown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., in this Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

A person with knowledge of the move says the New England Patriots have released quarterback Cam Newton, who was the Heisman-winning quarterback for Auburn in 2010, when the Tigers won the BCS National Championship.

That clears the way for rookie Mac Jones to open the season as New England’s starting quarterback. Jones was starting quarterback for Alabama last season, when the Crimson Tide won the National Championship. Jones was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The source spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. It brings an abrupt end to Newton’s stay in New England, which is trying to rebound from a disjointed 2020 season.

Newton finished 7-8 as the starter in his first season since taking over for Tom Brady following his departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) reacts against the New York Giants during an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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