New details in Cam Newton’s ‘low-risk’ Patriots contract emerge
It’s now clear that the contract quarterback Cam Newton signed with the New England Patriots is a very low-risk deal. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Patriots signed Newton to a deal that includes only $550,ooo dollars in guaranteed money out of a $1.05 million total base salary.
In the 1-year deal for #Patriots QB Cam Newton, the team guaranteed him just $550K — on a $1.05M total base. The definition of low-risk. The reward comes in $700k in per-game rosters bonuses and another $5.75M in incentives. The max is $7.5M in all.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 2, 2020
Even though the base salary is low, this can still be a lucrative contract based on incentives. Newton can make $700,ooo in per-game rosters bonuses and another $5.75 million in other incentives. The most Newton can make on the one-year deal is $7.5 million.
Newton will be competing with second-year player Jarrett Stidham for the Patriots starting quarterback job. Hall of Famer Randy Moss, who played for the Patriots under Bill Belichick, said he is excited to see how Newton can change the Patriots offense:
“I think we are really getting ready to see how fun that offense can really be … Not discrediting anything Tom [Brady] accomplished because he accomplished some great things, but I think being able to have a guy like Cam Newton that can run the ball, they are able to spread guys out, and then being able to be that viable threat in the passing game that he can just tuck the ball and run.”
Newton has dealt with injuries the last few years which has hurt his game, but when healthy, he is one of the better quarterbacks, having been named league MVP in 2015. With Tom Brady on the Buccaneers, the Patriots now hope that Newton or Stidham can be the guy to lead the team to success in 2020.
If it doesn’t work out for Newton and the Patriots at least the team won’t be out a lot of money on the experiment.