Patriots retained ability to apply franchise tag to Cam Newton in 2021

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When seeing the initial details regarding Cam Newton‘s bargain-basement contract with the Patriots, some wondered whether the Patriots agreed not to apply the franchise tag in 2021 in order to get him to agree to a compensation package with a maximum upside of $7.5 million. They didn’t.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the one-year deal does not limit the ability of the Patriots to tag Newton in 2021.

The contract, per La Canfora, pays $550,000 in fully-guaranteed money. That’s little more than half of Newton’s $1.05 million base salary. Per Albert Breer of SI.com, Newton can earn another $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses (i.e., $43,750 for each regular-season game that he’s on the active roster). The remaining $5.75 million comes in the form of to-date unspecified incentives.

So, basically, no matter how well Newton plays this year or how much the Patriots achieve, the maximum payment to Cam will be $7.5 million, with the ability to squat on his rights in 2021 via the franchise or transition tag. Even if he’s the regular-season MVP and the Super Bowl MVP, he gets $7.5 million.

Which makes it an excellent deal for the Patriots and not a very good deal for Newton. But here’s the reality. Newton was willing to do the deal because his only other option at this point was to wait for someone to get injured, and to hope that the team with the injured starter would choose Newton over the “next man up.”

Here’s the other reality: Newton was available in late June in part because no one knew that the Patriots were interested in Newton. If anyone did, Newton likely would have been signed by someone else, for more money than he’s getting in New England.

31 responses to “Patriots retained ability to apply franchise tag to Cam Newton in 2021

  1. So a tag and trade to improve the comp pick position. lol

    BB does it again.

    No wonder why owners called up Goodell over the weekend and demanded to cheat the Pars again over a lie/framejob after 6 months.

    Any word on Blue Tooth guy where he is actual team personnel wearing illegal communications behind Harbaugh on the sideline?

  2. Let’s see if this theory finally gets approved. Maybe they signed Newton to quietly exit the Kap discussion.

  3. Tell that to Richard Sherman who thinks the deal is “disgusting”. Cam’s contract is really none of his business. If Newton was ok with the deal then that’s all that matters. It’s a great deal for both. Cam will get to be a starter. Were there multiple teams that were going to give him that option? And yes I think he’ll beat out Stidham for the starting job.

  4. We shall see if the one year deal will bring back memories of the Super Bowl fumble.
    Because it’s only a one year deal, will Cam be reluctant to play his usual style?
    Or will he make a “business decision” and play more conservatively/no risks?

  5. Cam would be thrilled to be tagged @$30+ million and be paid more than Brady’s ever made.

  6. Well, I don’t think there will be any football this year, so whatever upfront money he got is a boonus.

  7. Tell that to Richard Sherman who thinks the deal is “disgusting”. Cam’s contract is really none of his business. If Newton was ok with the deal then that’s all that matters. It’s a great deal for both. Cam will get to be a starter. Were there multiple teams that were going to give him that option? And yes I think he’ll beat out Stidham for the starting job.
    ====================
    but, but, but … the justice?!?

  8. “Maybe they signed Newton to quietly exit the Kap discussion.”
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    Because quietly not signing Kap wouldn’t have accomplished that? This has got to be coming from one of the those fans who GUARANTEED Stidham was going to take over the league and are now struggling to make sense of it all. When Stidham ends up third string behind Hoyer it’s going to be tough for those folks to walk all that talk back.

  9. zonedout100 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Tell that to Richard Sherman who thinks the deal is “disgusting”. Cam’s contract is really none of his business. If Newton was ok with the deal then that’s all that matters. It’s a great deal for both. Cam will get to be a starter. Were there multiple teams that were going to give him that option? And yes I think he’ll beat out Stidham for the starting job.

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    The ink dried and he gets 550k. That’s it. If he gets cut, 1 mil in dead money in 2021 and NE has tons of cap space anyway. Once these owners heard of this deal they called up Goodell on Saturday and demanded he frame and cheat NE yet again when everyone knows notning nefarious was going on again. Rinse and repeat.

    Gotta try to stop BB because NE dominating is terrible for business.

    Newton has to make the team and beat out Stidham. BB can carry 3 qbs at around 3 total million dollars which is unheard of. But, Newton won’t be handed the job just like BB can’t pretend Hoyer is enough since Stidham beat out Hoyer as a rookie last year. BB carrying two qbs, one a rookie in Stidham, should tell how how much they love Stidham.

    Hence the jealousy raining down and the draft pick stolen 6 months after a supposed slam dunk “violation” by NE that wasn’t a violation.

    BB is so great as a GM, anyone would be a fool to play poker with him.

    Don’t be shocked to see Stidham beat out Newton since he’as been there and Newton to be used similarly to a Taysom Hill. I am sure NE has a section of their playbook for 3rd string qb (now 4th string emergency qb) Edelman, just exactly for plays like this.

    It would be new, and it would also make it easier on Stidham since he missed otas, camp, etx due to Covid19.

    BB did it again.

  10. Given that Cam didn’t even have a contract until a week ago, if he gets tagged at > $31million, is he really going to be hurt?

    Worst case scenario, he has a great year, gets paid ONLY $31 million in 2021, then leaves and gets paid more.
    So he misses out on a several million.

    How likely is that to occur?

    If I told you I would give you a lottery ticket, and if it wins the jackpot, you have to giv eme 10% would you be mad?

  11. If Stidham beat out Hoyer last year, why do people posting here think Hoyer – now a year older – beats him out this year? It’s absurd.

  12. Of course they did. Cam had no leverage to dictate any terms.

    BB obviously believes in Stidham, but this was one of those too-good-to-pass-up deals. If they didn’t think Stidham was starter material they wouldn’t have waited so long.

    Will be interesting to see who has the better season Rivers at $25m in Indy or Cam at $7.5m (max) in NE.

  13. Which makes it an excellent deal for the Patriots and not a very good deal for Newton.

    Tell that to Jameis Winston. There was a reason Cam was available for this long–teams don’t believe he is the player he was five years ago. Also, when the Jags cut Bortles he signed with the Rams for $1M for one year. He’s currently unsigned. Cam wasn’t going to get much more than the Patriots offered and he apparently had few, if any, other options.

  14. Guy would be happy as a clam to be franchised. $30 mil plus for a year. Have to think at his age/wear, he’ll pretty much be year to year, maybe 2 year deals (unless he starts 16 and plays lights out this year). Salaries at QB are going to come down (if he is a leading indicator) as salary cap reduces next year.

  15. This deal gives Newton incentive to stay healthy, i.e. play smart, like Brady did, and not be reckless with his body, so he can be there at full strength when it counts. If they want to keep him and can’t work out a deal, they can tag him, and they can tag him again the following year. However, let’s not overlook the leverage he does have, which is if he is not the starter, or he in benched for poor performance, or he doesn’t like being tagged, he can put on quite a drama performance and potentially implode the locker room, forcing them to cut him. Incentives are the way to go here until health, well being, and consistency are established which is required for every player there before they get a commitment from the team. It’s an interesting addition, but probably not long term unless things go spectacularly well. It makes them more watchable for some people though I was very interested in seeing Stidham develop and willing to watch them stumble a bit while he grew into the position (or not). Maybe this turns into another learning year for Stidham before he gets his chance. Aaron Rodgers had to sit a few seasons too so I wouldn’t fret.

  16. zonedout100 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Tell that to Richard Sherman who thinks the deal is “disgusting”. Cam’s contract is really none of his business. If Newton was ok with the deal then that’s all that matters. It’s a great deal for both. Cam will get to be a starter. Were there multiple teams that were going to give him that option? And yes I think he’ll beat out Stidham for the starting job.
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    The irony with Sherman’s comments is that he basically signed a similar “Prove-It” deal with the 49ers a couple of years ago…

  17. Anyone know if the Cam Newton head scarf is in stock at the Patriots Pro Shop yet? Asking for a friend.

  18. zonedout100 says:
    July 2, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Tell that to Richard Sherman who thinks the deal is “disgusting”. Cam’s contract is really none of his business. If Newton was ok with the deal then that’s all that matters. It’s a great deal for both. Cam will get to be a starter. Were there multiple teams that were going to give him that option? And yes I think he’ll beat out Stidham for the starting job.
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    “Cam’s contract is really none of his business”

    No player’s contract is any other person’s business besides the team and player. Yet I see a lot of you commentors making it your business so why get on Richard Sherman for doung what you yourself do?

  19. “Here’s the other reality: Newton was available in late June in part because no one knew that the Patriots were interested in Newton.”

    Is this for real? I’ve gotten so sick of ‘newton to the pats’ and ‘pats best odds for where newton lands articles.

    Bottom line: He made himself cheap enough but I think if NEW had a full offseason . Time to work Stidham in, they don’t sign him. They gain nothing starting Hoyer. So in this case, Stid shows up in preseason, Newton sits for cheap If Stid doesn’t, Cam is cheap insurance and if Newton regains form and drops the crybaby routine, Pats can lock him in.

  20. Does anyone really think BB is going to put a tag on a QB? No team is giving up two first round picks…I think the Panthers are the only team that has ever been dumb enough to pull that (Sean Gilbert)

  21. carloswlassiter says:
    July 2, 2020 at 10:45 am
    If Stidham beat out Hoyer last year, why do people posting here think Hoyer – now a year older – beats him out this year? It’s absurd.

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    Because people don’t think, are kinda dumb (look at the world around you), and don’t follow the nfl very closely. They just read BSPN and play video games in a basement and adjust fantasy rosters.

    Look at the idiots who just believed NE “cheated” again in broad daylight because Goodell did what 6 or 7 owners told him to do once they got
    wind of this Newton move over the weekend. That’s why the punishment was announced right after the signing.

    Goodell and the cheating owners are like little children and are essentially criminals.

  22. Here’s the other reality: Newton was available in late June in part because no one knew that the Patriots were interested in Newton. If anyone did, Newton likely would have been signed by someone else, for more money than he’s getting in New England.
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    Here’s the “real” reality: No one signed him because they question what he has left physically and they don’t like inaccurate passers who are mopey leaders. To suggest that he would have made more money if teams knew New England was interested is asinine. Nothing stopped his agent from calling teams when New England made their offer to get a better deal. Teams don’t take these kind of gambles (because frankly no one knows who’s interested and who’s not for sure) if they really want a player. You go get him. No one came after him. Read the tea leaves.

  23. Donna Martin Graduates says:
    July 2, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Does anyone really think BB is going to put a tag on a QB? No team is giving up two first round picks…I think the Panthers are the only team that has ever been dumb enough to pull that (Sean Gilbert)

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    Did you graduate? BB wants a 2nd rder if he does tag and trade him, knowing who his trading partner is.

    Get it? No one says you have to get “2 1st rd picks”. BB dealt Matt Cassel for a 2nd rder which turned into Pat Chung.

    That would be a higher pick than the compensatory. BB wants the option. That’s it.

    Have a nice day!

  24. A colleague of Whitey Bulger once told me “desperate people do desperate things”, and this signing by BB wreaks of desperation. He knew he couldn’t win with Stidham and then gets the player least likely to “do his job”. Talk about square peg in a round hole. Misfit and misguided. I predict Belichick continues his losing record without Brady.

  25. didnthearwhat says:
    July 2, 2020 at 11:39 am
    A colleague of Whitey Bulger once told me “desperate people do desperate things”, and this signing by BB wreaks of desperation. He knew he couldn’t win with Stidham and then gets the player least likely to “do his job”. Talk about square peg in a round hole. Misfit and misguided. I predict Belichick continues his losing record without Brady.

    Absolutely NOTHING desperate about singing a guy for league minimum
    If it doesn’t workout they release him and are only on the hook for 500K

    This singing is the definition of NO risk high reward

    Anyone who thinks this is “desperate “ is clueless

    You want an example of “desperate “ the Bears taking Nick Foles contract for 20 mil AND giving Jacksonville a 4th round pick.

  26. Actually, it makes it an excellent deal for Newton…because he was worried that he might not even get a shot to start for someone and/or would have to play for a bad team, and instead he gets to showcase himself in an excellent situation. While he surrendered the ability to get big financial compensation, he put his career ahead of the money…and considering that he’s made plenty of money in his career, I think that’s a brilliant move on his part.

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