We already knew that the New England Patriots got themselves a bargain when they signed 2015’s NFL MVP Cam Newton last week. However, it turns out that Pats got an even better deal than everyone assumed.
NFL Network’s insider Ian Rapoport recently shared details of Newton’s one-year contract with New England, and it’s safe to say that the organization took minimum risk. According to Rapoport, the 31-year-old signal-caller will receive a yearly salary of $1.05 million, with only $550K guaranteed. For comparison, Newton had a base salary of $16.2 million in 2019 with Carolina Panthers.
However, if Newton manages to stay healthy and productive, he can significantly up his earnings. The contract includes $700,000 in roster bonuses, as well as $5.75 million in incentives, bringing up his potential salary to $7.5 million.
Despite the numbers, signing with Patriots might turn to be a career move for Cam Newton. He will work with arguably the best football coach in history and will enter the organization that puts winning above everything else. New England is also the only team at the moment where Newton can realistically start in Week 1, which is a must for him if he wants to bounce back from injury-riddled two past seasons.