Cam Newton's link to Moss: It's hard to find a better Patriots-specific comparison for the signing of quarterback Cam Newton than when the team acquired receiver Randy Moss in 2007. Both were superstar players with a flair and aura to them, and on the surface, they might not have seemed like natural fits in the team's program and system.

Moss bought in fully and turned in a record-breaking season in his first year in New England, motivated to get his career back on track. Newton looks to follow the same script.

There are notable financial comparisons as well.

To facilitate a trade from Oakland to New England, Moss agreed to a new contract that reduced his pay from $9.25 million to $3 million. At the time, he said, "I'm just very, very happy to find some happiness and [be] getting back to what I love to do -- that's play football and going out there and [competing]. Over the course of my career, I've made a lot of money. By me coming to an organization such as the New England Patriots, why would money be a factor?"