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Richard Sherman Cries Foul on Cam Newton Only Receiving the Minimum with the Patriots

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When Cam Newton signed with the New England Patriots, there was a sense of excitement among NFL fans. It was a definitely enthralling match: Bill Belichick and Newton.

But then the reality of the financials embeded in. The offer got a bit more uncomfortable.

New England signed Newton to the veteran minimum, which should pay him out at $1.05 million in 2020, according to multiple reports. The Patriots added a series of incentives, which might help intensify Newton’s profits to $7.5 million, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. There was currently the question of why it took so long for an NFL team to sign Newton, the NFL MVP in 2015 who finished a career-high 67.9% of his passes in 2018.

But after seeing Newton’s deal, there was alsothe concern of why the heck he’s not going to make more money in 2020. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman did not hesitate to point straight at the questions around Newton’s earnings.

And perhaps there’s no question. Perhaps the statement is apparent: Patriots are most likely woefully underpaying Newton. It’s a product of absence of demand around the NFL, which is strange, even with the quarterback’s injury history looking like it took a toll on his quality of play in 2019. Maybe Newton’s pay need to be lessened– however not to this level.

Newton’s offer will put him at the bottom of the quarterback pay scale when compared to his peers who are most likely to start in 2020. For instance, Newton can make, at most, the like Marcus Mariota, who is most likely to be the backup for the Oakland Raiders. Newton will also be on par with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will make $7 million. The three quarterbacks are all in comparable scenarios– but none have the resume like Newton. It’s wild to believe he had to wait until this point to get an agreement of this caliber.

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Kevin Brinkley
Kevin is a content writer at Drew Reports News. prior to joining Drew Reports News, Kevin had a hand in a number of online and print publications, including InternetNews.com as a chief copy editor and Government Technology Magazine as managing editor. He also did a stint in Sydney as group editor of RBI Australia's manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.

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