Cam Newton contract details revealed and it's clear why Patriots signed him

Ryan Hannable
July 01, 2020 - 6:39 pm

On Sunday night, it was reported the Patriots signed former MVP quarterback Cam Newton.

A few days later, the contract terms have been released and it's pretty clear why the Patriots brought him in.

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According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the one-year deal has a $1.05 million minimum base salary, $550,000 guaranteed, up to $6.45 million in incentives/per game roster bonuses and no clause restricting a 2021 franchise tag.

This was a steal for the Patriots, especially considering they are up against the salary cap. In addition, since only $550,000 is guaranteed, the team could release him prior to the start of the season and really not lose much. 

Newton will compete with second-year player Jarrett Stidham for the starting job. 

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