Pats resign QB Newton; still exploring other options … Despite a somewhat inconsistent season, New England has re-signed veteran QB Cam Newton to a 1-year deal reportedly worth up to $14 million, although it is heavy on the incentives. Newton came to the Patriots last fall as a free agent on what was for all intents and purposes a veteran minimum deal; for the year, he completed 66% of his passes for almost 2,700 yards, 8 TDs and interceptions; Newton also rushed for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns, but the Patriots still finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time in what seems like forever. The Patriots are believed to be still looking at their options at the position. There has been some talk, for example, that the Patriots could make a play to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo from San Francisco. The Patriots could also look at QBs in the draft, but they have the 15th and likely have to move up into the top ten to get one of this year’s top prospects at the position. What Newton does is give the Patriots some veteran insurance at the position, such that they don’t necessarily have to force a move.