“It's not a lot of things money cannot buy, but amongst the top of that list of things, you would find respect as one of those!! This is not about money for me; it's about respect.”
Cam Newton signed his contract Wednesday to officially become a New England Patriot.
The 1-year contract includes a $1.05 million total base salary, of which $550,000 is guaranteed. Larger sums come in $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $5.75 million in incentives. The contract max is $7.5 million.
Newton will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, and is expected to win it. If Newton can remain healthy, the Patriots may have added a valuable quarterback at a bargain price to a team with an already elite defense.
Despite Newton's injury issues over the last two seasons, the team expects Newton to be ready for training camp.
Newton vs. Brady
Newton will presumably take over for Tom Brady, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady has only missed four games in the last five seasons, while Newton has missed seventeen.
Last season, Newton only played in two games where he completed 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. In the past five seasons, Newton has failed to score more touchdowns than Brady. Only time will tell how much Cam can produce in New England.