Cam Newton says his contract with Patriots is about respect, not money

Ross Houston
July 3, 2020

Cam Newton wasted no time in addressing critics on Thursday after the details of his "low risk" one-year contract with the New England Patriots emerged.

Newton signed a one-year $1.05 million base contract with the Patriots in which he is guaranteed $550,000, National Football League insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. "This is not about money for me, this is about respect".

Newton was an elite QB before shoulder and foot injuries derailed his career, forcing him to miss a total of 16 games between 2018 and 2019.

After getting drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, Newton signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth over $22 million.

Former Patriots wide receiver turned analyst Randy Moss said on ESPN earlier that same day that the New England offense will now be "a lot more fun" with Newton.

The Patriots have to replace Tom Brady as their quarterback. The six-time Super Bowl victor left New England after 20 seasons for a two-year, $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March.

The Patriots had just under $651,000 in salary cap space prior to signing Newton, per Miguel Benzan of the Boston Sports Journal.

Stidham served as Brady's backup last season as a rookie from Auburn. Lewerke and Smith are undrafted rookies, with the former from Michigan State and the latter from Louisiana Tech.

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