Conflicting reports emerge on Cam Newton’s 2021 compensation

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The Patriots are bringing back quarterback Cam Newton. It’s still not entirely clear what they’re paying him.

Last year, he ultimately earned $3.706 million under a package that had a maximum value of $7.5 million. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media characterizes the new contract as giving Newton “a chance to make a little more than he did in 2020.” Adam Schefter of ESPN, in sharp contrast, reports that the one-year deal is worth “close to $14 million.”

That’s obviously a broad gap. The truth will be revealed when the final, official numbers emerge.

Even if it’s $14 million, Newton remains far below the current top of the market. But it matches the compensation to be received this year by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and it puts Newton back in the top 20, at least for now.

Most importantly, it gives both the Patriots and Newton a chance to build on a relationship that showed promise in 2020. The Patriots weren’t 3-13; they won seven of 16 games and could have won more — especially if Cam hadn’t caught COVID-19 fairly early in the season.

Meanwhile, the kid who heckled Cam a couple of weeks ago has been proven wrong, on multiple counts. First, Cam isn’t a free agent. Second, he’s not “about to be poor.”

23 responses to “Conflicting reports emerge on Cam Newton’s 2021 compensation

  1. This doesn’t make much sense. Cam isn’t good enough to lead the Patriots to the division title. He wants to start so he probably won’t accept a backup/mentor role. Bring in Chad Henne or Alex Smith or Colt McCoy for that. Bring in Mac Jones or Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick if you want to win now. Adding some receiving talent would be a good idea too.

  2. They aren’t picking high enough to guarantee one of the top tier QBs, Cam looked pretty darn good before he got Covid and dropped off, he’d be a good back-up for a drafted QB if one falls to them and depending on the structure it’s not impossible for them to cut him later on if they do manage to get a definite upgrade. Seems like a low-risk move for the Patriots, and a high upside move for Cam if he can stay healthy and play like he did at the start of the season last year because he’ll benefit from being with the team for the whole off-season rather than being brought in late like last year.

  3. Imagine looking at a trash can and saying “I’m going to put 14 million bucks into this”

  4. Tim Tebow won a playoff game, why not 2021 Cam Newton? Who needs a QB that can throw the ball forwards? Not New England, that’s for sure.

  5. “The Patriots weren’t 3-13; they won seven of 16 games and could have won more — especially if Cam hadn’t caught COVID-19 fairly early in the season”

    Right…they also had two of those wins over the Jets, so it goes both ways. They won a game 45-0 where Cam threw for 69 yards. And his 84 passing yards against Zona? Pretty sure Cam’s arm didn’t win those games for them. What were his excuses the last few years in Carolina? 3 winning seasons IN HIS CAREER. If he’s not running he scares no one and good defenses do not let him run.

  6. I’ve always believed Belichick knew what he was doing while others didn’t. He’s a great judge of football talent but this move is really confusing. I was convinced the Pats would be drafting a QB in April or they would find a way to get Jimmy G back in Foxboro. I thought Cam Newton was really bad last year even though I had a tendency to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’ve always liked Cam Newton and thought he was treated differently by NFL referees. They let him get beat to death because they treated him as a running back.

    Well, at least the sartorial splendor will be alive and well in NE as well as the Fall foliage. It will be an interesting off-season for this Pats fan. I know I’ll also be following the Bucs. Eagerly anticipating the Pats vs Bucs game this season.

  7. Only in the NFL can someone perform as poorly as he did last year, lead the team to their first losing season in nearly 2 decades, then have their pay nearly doubled the following year. I work in the engineering field and if a contract employee didn’t live up to their contract they wouldn’t receive a second one. But hey, he was the MVP 6 years ago so I guess he should still be paid MVP wages, right?

  8. Everyone said Pats would have the 1st pick this year when Brady left lol. They finished 7-9 and easily could have been 9-7/10-6 (Seattle, KC, Buffalo games). That was with no cap room, no weapons, most opt-outs. Safe to say BB knows more about football then everyone here.

    Watch for them to go back to their dominating ways.

  9. This is a real test of Belichick’s judgment. Does he have a hangover from all the years when Cam performed so well against the Patriots, or is he actually seeing indications that Cam will be back to pre-COVID ability–and even better, what with a real training/learning time?

    One thing I do get is that a QB decision had to be made quickly if the Patriots are going to attract any of the players coming available in free agency, especially WRs and TEs.

  10. The peanut gallery is going to light up the Pats for this, but my guess is Cam plays significantly better than he did last year if the team can upgrade his supporting cast.

    Cam is never going to be as good as Brady, but I think there’s a good chance that he quiets the people who have been relentlessly bashing him this season. He gets an actual offseason and will know the offensive system that much better.

  11. It’s a one year deal so I see 2021 as another transition year before they find their next franchise quarterback.

  12. “Everyone said Pats would have the 1st pick this year when Brady left lol. They finished 7-9 and easily could have been 9-7/10-6 (Seattle, KC, Buffalo games). That was with no cap room, no weapons, most opt-outs. Safe to say BB knows more about football then everyone here.

    Watch for them to go back to their dominating ways.”

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    Pats fans keep saying this about the record last year. They got very lucky against the Jets in the 1st game, and that the Ravens game was a monsoon. They could also have easily ended up 5-11.

    They weren’t a good team, and the opt-outs are mostly on the wrong side of 30. BB is showing some arrogance here, imo; he thinks he can make it work w/ Cam. They’ll finish 3rd in the AFCE, at best.

  13. This isn’t some earth-shaking mistake, and not an “early test of Belichik’s judgement.” The way I see it is as a bridge QB and I see them drafting a Mac Jones in the 1st or possibly Kyle Trask in the 2nd and looking to start them late this coming season or next season.


  14. pats3012 says:
    March 12, 2021 at 10:09 am
    Everyone said Pats would have the 1st pick this year when Brady left lol. They finished 7-9 and easily could have been 9-7/10-6 (Seattle, KC, Buffalo games). That was with no cap room, no weapons, most opt-outs. Safe to say BB knows more about football then everyone here.

    Watch for them to go back to their dominating ways.
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    Maybe Coach Belichick did a decent job with a team lacking talent, but let’s not forget that GM Belichick is the one responsible for the weak roster. Bringing Newton back doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence that he will build a better team for this season, but I guess it’s harder to do when you don’t have a top QB on your roster that’s willing to accept a well-less-than-market “on the books” salary.

  15. Cam looked weak and unable to throw, probably because of Covid.

    I think he’ll do better this year.

  16. pats3012 says:
    March 12, 2021 at 10:09 am
    Everyone said Pats would have the 1st pick this year when Brady left lol. They finished 7-9 and easily could have been 9-7/10-6 (Seattle, KC, Buffalo games). That was with no cap room, no weapons, most opt-outs. Safe to say BB knows more about football then everyone here.

    Watch for them to go back to their dominating ways

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    Gimme a break. If that was the case the chargers would be 14 and 2 every year.

  17. Now all the patriots need is to sign 5 probowl lineman an all pro rb 3 wrs that are at least 10ft tall. And cam will bring home a sb….also need a top 5 defense…as a lifelong panther fan cam was done 4 years ago.

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