Cam Newton Patriots Contract Details Released
Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots last week came as something of a shock. Neither party had expressed much interest in the other during the lead-up to it, and the prospect of seeing Newton in a different uniform was startling all in itself.
Shortly after the deal was announced, some numbers began to come out. Namely, New England offering Newton a paltry base salary of just over one million dollars.
As it turns out, however, while the base salary is low, there is plenty of room for Newton to earn incentive pay based on performance. A lot of that will depend on his ability to stay healthy and on the field, though, which has been a bit difficult for him as of late.
According to ESPN NFL insider Field Yates, Newton will earn an additional $2.25 million tacked onto his base pay if the Patriots make the postseason and he players 90 percent of the squad’s offensive snaps.
If the Patriots walk away with the Super Bowl, Newton would pocket an another $7.5 million.
A full breakdown of Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots, which includes $3.75M in playing-time incentives and a maximum value of $7.5M if the team wins the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/TGSVEJ3P0Z
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 9, 2020
Similar incentives are also in place for Newton if he makes a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team.
At this point, it is unclear if Newton will be the Day 1 starter for New England when the season commences. Jarrett Stidham seemed to have been penciled into the QB1 role prior to the Newton signing, and the coaching staff has done little to indicate that their optimism about him has changed.
If Newton can get healthy and acclimate to a new playbook on the fly, he will certainly give Stidham a run for his money. However, he does have a lot of obstacles he needs to overcome.
With NFL training camp starting next month, the Patriots quarterback situation will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.