Cam Newton didn’t have many options on the table for him this offseason, so the former MVP had to sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots that has a base salary of only $1.05 million.
Though the contract that Newton has received for the 2020 season isn’t very lucrative, there are plenty of opportunities for him to earn more money through incentives. However, the majority of them require him to be on the field.
ESPN insider Field Yates provided a breakdown of Newton’s deal with New England. If the team makes the playoffs and he plays 90 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, the Auburn product would receive an extra $2.25 million.
Another incentive for Newton is playoff success. His contract has a maximum value of $7.5 million if the Patriots somehow win the Super Bowl. There are also incentives for Newton being named to the All-Pro team or making the Pro Bowl.
Here’s a full breakdown of Newton’s deal with the Patriots:
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
There’s no telling if Newton will win the starting job in New England. Jarrett Stidham has a lot of support from the coaching staff, and it’s possible he improved his game this offseason to the point where he’s a capable starter.
One of the biggest hurdles for Newton is that he won’t have a full offseason to train with the Patriots. Most of the workout programs have been shut down due to the current pandemic.
As of now, the NFL plans to hold training camp later this month. We’ll find out then if Newton can win the starting job in New England.
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