Perhaps Jarrett Stidham isn’t going to be the New England Patriots‘ starting quarterback. On Sunday, news broke of the Patriots and free-agent QB Cam Newton agreeing to a 1-year contract. The base is believed to be worth $1.1 million but could balloon seven times as much if he hits incentives. The top-end is said to be worth $7.5 million, per the Associated Press.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was part of the group delivering the news.
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The contract details aren’t confirmed, however, Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Bezan believes the idea will be worth approximately $7.5 million in 2020. As he points out, that is the comparable range for quarterbacks who have signed “revival” deals after injury-plagued seasons.
Phil Perry for NBCS Boston seems to concur and he mentions the New Orleans Saints’ deal with Teddy Bridgewater as a relevant comparison.
As Schefter and Bezan mentioned, Newton’s deal will likely be packed with incentives. First and foremost, winning the starting quarterback job from Stidham will be first on the former MVPs to-do list. From there, it’s likely centered around staying healthy, passing TDs, the team making the playoffs, but this is just logical speculation based on other incentive-laden deals for quarterbacks coming off an injury.
In case you’re wondering what this will look like, Adam Schefter offered this photoshopped look at Newton in a Patriots uniform.
Newton posted a cryptic message on his Instagram account just four hours ago. It seems he is prepared for the challenge ahead of him.
It is important to remember, as Mark Maske of the Washington Post mentions, the deal will not be official until after Newton has completed a physical.
Newton has had tons of time to heal, and if the workout images on his IG account are any indication, he looks to be in excellent shape as he works out with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Newton is 31 years old. He won the MVP in 2015 when he led the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 record. He tossed 35 TD passes and just 10 interceptions that season, and he also ran for 10 more.
There will be a QB competition, but if Newton passes his physical, which he should, he has to be the odds-on favorite to win the starting job.
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