NFL rumors: details of Cam Newton’s Patriots contract salary revealed
The New England Patriots aren’t spending a lot of money to bring Cam Newton to Foxboro.
Reports surfaced Sunday night that the Patriots and the veteran quarterback had agreed to a one-year contract with profit-sharing valued at up to $ 7.5 million.
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CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Wednesday the financial breakdown of Newton’s contract with the Patriots, including base salary, guaranteed money and incentive totals.
Cam Newton contract: 1 year minimum base of $ 1.05 million. Only $ 550,000 guaranteed at entry Up to $ 6.45 million in incentive bonuses / per play. And no clause restricting a 2021 franchise label. Patriots get former MVP for less than many paying substitutes from OL
– Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 1, 2020
The Patriots didn’t have a lot of salary cap space before this move. In fact, they recently had the the smallest amount of space available for the caps throughout the league. So for them to be able to acquire Newton and not have to spend a ton of money or cap is quite extraordinary.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Newton’s contract is that the Patriots could franchise the 31-year-old quarterback next offseason. This gives New England more options in case Newton has a strong 2020 season.
There’s not a ton of risk with this move, and it could end up being one of the best additions to Bill Belichick’s 20-year tenure in New England list if Newton is able to stay healthy. .
Newton is a former league MVP (2015) and has been one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch throughout his nine-year career. The last time he played for nearly a full season was in 2018, when the former No. 1 draft pick totaled 3,395 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Newton also ran for 488 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns in those 14 games.
If he produces similar or better stats in 2020, the Patriots should have a good chance of extending their playoff streak to 12 seasons.