Cam Newton had a great start to his season two years ago. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist, leading Florida State to a 14-0 record and a College Football Playoff National Championship. Then, the following season, a shoulder injury knocked him out for the year. He has since had a solid career, but he has not been able to rely on his passing ability and has had to rely on his running abilities.
After being named the number 1 pick in the 2011 draft, Cam Newton has had an amazing start to his career with the Carolina Panthers. He became the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to win the Super Bowl. A few months ago, the Panthers signed quarterback, and former Auburn Tiger, “Mac Jones” to a two year $3.9 million contract. He performed well in his first season and won his first start in the regular season as Newton’s backup.
It’s up to Cam Newton to prove that Bill Belichick made the right decision by keeping him on the team for at least one more year. Indeed, his first season with the New England Patriots did not inspire confidence in his ability to play quarterback at a competent level. And with Mac Jones now included, Newton has a minimal margin for error. Unfortunately for the former Carolina Panthers star, another setback could cost him more than just missed practice time. Because if Jones plays it right, Newton could see millions of dollars disappear before his eyes.
Cam Newton’s salary in 2021 depends on his ability to stay on the field
. Last season, the Patriots paid the price for this defeat at the most important position in sports, failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. But even though Newton has mostly struggled and is in the league on a one-year contract with minimal compensation, Belichick refused to let him leave this offseason. Instead of giving up on the failed experiment, he signed a veteran quarterback. As with his first contract, the Patriots have tied most of Newton’s money to incentives. Given the way his first year at Foxborough went, it’s not surprising that he’s only fully guaranteed $3.5 million in his new contract. Although the base value of Newton’s one-year contract is $5.1 million, he can earn up to $13.6 million. The Patriots must pay him $88,235.29 for each game he is on the active roster. With the league switching to a 17-game schedule, that means Newton could make as much as $1.5 million if he’s just activated. Plus, he earns $500,000 if he plays 60% of the offensive episodes. This premium increases to $1 million when 90% is reached. If the Patriots make the playoffs, Newton could also receive up to $2 million, depending on his completion percentage. New England also has Pro Bowl and All-Pro bonuses, as well as postseason incentives that could increase his salary for the 2021 season. So if Newton gets on the field (and plays well) it has significant financial implications.
Newton suffers a setback which could prove costly if Mac Jones plays his cards right
New England Patriots general manager Cam Newton leaves the field during the 2020 season game. | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images Could the Patriots save a lot of money at quarterback this season? After Newton suffered a setback on Friday, it could happen. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 32-year-old suffered a minor bone bruise after bumping his hand on his helmet during practice. While the injury is not considered serious, it does not look like Newton will be working hard this spring.