Sports Report: Newton only guaranteed $550K, Pats can tag him in 2021
Report: Newton agrees to 1-year deal with Patriots
Quarterback Cam Newton has reached a one-year, incentive-laden agreement with the New England Patriots, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 31-year-old appeared in just two games for the Carolina Panthers in 2019 after suffering an early Lisfranc fracture. His rehab took longer than expected, and he finished the year on the injured reserve. In March, the Panthers released the 2015 MVP after nine seasons. Newton, the first overall pick in 2011, led Carolina to a 15-1 record in 2015, tossing for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while also running for 636 yards and 10 scores.
's deal with the is even more modest than first thought.
It was initially reported that Newton signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract worth up to $7.5-million. However, New England only guaranteed $550,000 of his $1.05-million base salary, according to.
The former Carolina Panthers quarterback can reportedly earn $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $5.75-million through unspecified incentives.
The 2015 MVP's deal also doesn't contain a clause prohibiting the use of the franchise tag in 2021, according to
Source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady
BOSTON — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. A Patriots spokesman said the team had nothing to announce Sunday night. The signing was first reported by ESPN.
Even if Newton hits all of his incentives, he'll be among the league's lowest-paid starting quarterbacks.called Newton's contract " ," arguing that far less talented passers are being paid much more.
The Patriots werethe only team to make an offer to Newton. He also spoke to the Cleveland Browns, but the talks didn't lead to anything.
Newton is widely expected to start for the Patriots, though one unnamed rival AFC East head coach isn't convinced he'll be under center right away.
"I think they are going to keep three QBs. Use Cam Newton perhaps as the wild card," the coachWednesday. "I actually don't see him starting Week 1 in the offense ... I know one thing for a fact: The Patriots love ."
Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick, was thought to be the favorite for the top job overprior to Newton's arrival.
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