Patriots punished harshly for spying on Browns-Bengals game at FirstEnergy Stadium

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Longtime Patriot Tom Brady left the team earlier this offseason to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That could throw an interesting wrench into the middle of the 49ers' schedule.

Newton became the Panthers' starting quarterback when he joined the team as the first player picked in the 2011 NFL Draft.

That punishment was overshadowed by Newton's signing. He is, however, coming off a foot injury that cost him 14 games last season, and is reportedly still rehabbing.

The Panthers have replaced Newton with Teddy Bridgewater going forward under new head coach Matt Rhule.

The Patriots played Cincinnati the following week. But by adding Newton, they've worked the same angles by gaming the salary cap and the compensatory draft-pick system to shore up the most important spot on the roster.

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The NFL Network reported the contrack is worth up to $7.5m, citing an informed source.

Mike Reiss says it's a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Patriots. The league fined the Patriots $250,000, confiscated a first-round draft pick in 2007 NFL draft and Belichick was fined $500,000.

The Patriots also said the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of New England's football operation.

Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy victor out of Auburn, was entering the final year of his contract at the time of his release, carrying a salary cap figure of $21.1 million in 2020. If Miami can accomplish those two things, they'll be well positioned to welcome Cam Newton to the AFC East with a loss.

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