We already knew Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots can be a surprisingly low cost deal for the workforce. We additionally knew that, within the thoughts of the 31-year-old quarterback, the one-year contract “shouldn’t be about cash. … It is about respect.”
Honest sufficient. However we finally realized full particulars of the deal that may pay Newton at least $550,000 and not more than $7.5 million after he collected virtually $17 million from the Panthers final season earlier than he was launched in March. Newton could possibly be named first-team All-Professional in 2020 — in different phrases, the very best quarterback within the NFL — and nonetheless not earn the utmost amount of cash his contract gives.
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ESPN’s Subject Yates in early July shared the entire breakdown of the $6 million-plus price of bonuses and incentives constructed into Newton’s contract. Included is an All-Professional bonus of $500,000. (The report didn’t specify whether or not Newton must be voted first-team All-Professional by The Related Press particularly, quite than AP second-team All-Professional or Sporting Information All-Professional.)
Newton has been voted first-team All-Professional as soon as in his profession, in 2015, when he additionally was voted NFL MVP and earned considered one of his three profession Professional Bowl nods. With the Patriots, Newton additionally would get a bonus of $500,000 for making the Professional Bowl in 2020.
Beneath is the breakdown of the bonuses and incentives Newton has an opportunity to hit together with his one-year contract in New England.
Per-game roster bonuses: $43,750 per sport (as much as $700,000)
Enjoying time incentives:
13 %: $250,00020 %: $500,00030 %: $750,00040 %: $1 million50 %: $1.25 million60 %: $1.5 million ($2.25 million if Patriots make playoffs)70 %: $1.75 million ($2.25 million if Patriots make playoffs)80 %: $2 million ($three million if Patriots make playoffs)90 %: $2.25 million ($three.75 million if Patriots make playoffs)
Professional Bowl bonus: $500,000
All-Professional bonus: $500,000
Playoff wins: $250,000 per win (if he performs 50 % of sport)
Newton’s base wage in 2020 is $1.05 million, which is the minimal for a participant who has been within the NFL seven years or longer, however he was assured simply $550,000 at signing.
“The Patriots are shrewd when it comes out handing low-risk, high-reward contracts to fallen big-name gamers,” SN’s Vinnie Iyer wrote final week. “Given Newton was a free agent for almost 100 days since his launch from the Panthers, the Patriots probably sensed they had been the one workforce keen to supply Newton a deal to remain within the NFL in 2020, permitting them to set his market.
“With Newton’s sturdiness points, there was much more motive, in Patriots’ minds, to justify the cheapness.”
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Newton earned a complete of $121.934 million from the Panthers in 9 seasons with Carolina, which chosen him with the primary decide within the 2011 NFL Draft. He has not performed a season for lower than $15 million because the fourth yr of his rookie contract in 2014, proper earlier than he signed a five-year extension with the Panthers and instantly led them to the Tremendous Bowl.
Even when Newton had been to one way or the other repeat the brilliance of that MVP season with the Patriots this yr, he would earn lower than a 3rd of the $24 million he was paid in 2015.