Cam Newton exits New England with $3.5 million guaranteed for 2021

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In little more than a week, Cam Newton has gone from New England starting quarterback to man without a job.

He leaves New England with a $2 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million guaranteed salary for 2021.

The guaranteed salary will be subject to offset language. If/when Cam signs elsewhere, he’ll surely get at least $1.5 million, reducing the total obligation to $2 million.

And so the question becomes when and if he’ll land elsewhere. As a vested veteran, he instantly becomes a free agent. He can sign with any team.

In an upcoming item, we’ll take a look at his potential destinations, now that he’s once against available. Unless and until he’s vaccinated, however, he’ll have to wait five days to officially join a team that wants to sign him.

45 responses to “Cam Newton exits New England with $3.5 million guaranteed for 2021

  1. Now it is pretty clear that Matt Cassel and Jimmy Garoppolo were coached by Brady, not Belichick.

  2. So now Cam waits for an injury or Covid outbreak before collecting even more from some team hurting for a QB

  3. W … O … W !!!!

    Totally the right call by Belicheck but that said I never expected him to make it.

  4. The best coach in history but one of the absolute worst when it comes to actually evaluating talent.

  5. Bet Cam not being vaccinated played a big role in them moving on from him. Got to depend on your starter to be there. If only the Vikings did the same with bum Cousins

  6. touchback6 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:35 am
    The best coach in history but one of the absolute worst when it comes to actually evaluating talent

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    Ok…either T6 has a split personality or someone is spoofing his account!!

  7. BB earlier: “Cam is moving in the right direction.”
    Yep, right out the door.

  8. If anyone is shocked by this, they don’t have any memory of the controversy at the time when BB replaced Bledsoe with Brady.

  9. DON’T …mess with Hoodie

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    Hoodie is messing with himself. Took the credits he didn’t deserve, now he is screwed.

  10. touchback6 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:35 am
    The best coach in history but one of the absolute worst when it comes to actually evaluating talent.
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    You simply don’t win 6 Super Bowls without being able to evaluate talent. The fact Newton couldn’t beat Jones outright (or even if it was marginally close) tells you all you need to know.

  11. So… NY Giants going to give him a try as backup now?
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    Pretty sure reason Cam has gone is not just the vax but that he’d never accept being backup.

  12. I’m not that certain there’s a job waiting for him anywhere. Does he want to be a back-up?

  13. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:29 am
    Now it is pretty clear that Matt Cassel and Jimmy Garoppolo were coached by Brady, not Belichick.

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    Yes, there is also no pandemic, no insurrection on Jan 6 and the vaccine doesn’t work.

    You sure are intelligent.

  14. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:59 am
    DON’T …mess with Hoodie

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    Hoodie is messing with himself. Took the credits he didn’t deserve, now he is screwed.

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    The jealousy and fear is delicious!

  15. Any team that may show interest in Newton should stipulate that he be vaccinated, or no deal.

  16. just wondering I haven’t checked the side effects of the vaccine but is one make someone better at throwing a football.

  17. Ok…either T6 has a split personality or someone is spoofing his account!!

    Come on man just admit you two are brothers…it surprises no one .

    BB still wants to prove it was him not Brady and feels the Kid is his best option as the fans will be more patient with a rookie.

  18. embolomere says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:55 am

    If anyone is shocked by this, they don’t have any memory of the controversy at the time when BB replaced Bledsoe with Brady.

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    Bledsoe was the starter Brady’s entire rookie year and into Brady’s second year. Brady became the starter when Bledsoe suffered massive internal bleeding from a hit. There was no controversy at all when Brady took over, the Patriots didn’t have a choice. When Bledsoe recovered, BB stuck with Brady, but I don’t recall it being a huge controversy at the time.

  19. hailtothe says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:49 am
    embolomere says:
    August 31, 2021 at 10:55 am

    If anyone is shocked by this, they don’t have any memory of the controversy at the time when BB replaced Bledsoe with Brady.

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    Bledsoe was the starter Brady’s entire rookie year and into Brady’s second year. Brady became the starter when Bledsoe suffered massive internal bleeding from a hit. There was no controversy at all when Brady took over, the Patriots didn’t have a choice. When Bledsoe recovered, BB stuck with Brady, but I don’t recall it being a huge controversy at the time.

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    It was a huge controversy. The media mocked and skewered BB for weeks!

  20. this whole situation regarding CN happened slowly. it started with his reckless style playing the qb position. absorbing hit after hit until his body started breaking down and he became gun shy. he could have fallen on that fumble but hesitated. trying to play the season he was beat up was a bad move. he wasn’t ever an elite passer compared with the top level of his peers. while im sure he puts in the work its not his fault his starting qb days are gone. a human can only take so much punishment.

  21. hailtothe says:
    “I don’t recall it being a huge controversy at the time.”

    Then you recall incorrectly.

  22. It was a huge controversy. The media mocked and skewered BB for weeks

    Oh the HORROR…..

  23. Hoodie is messing with himself. Took the credits he didn’t deserve, now he is screwed.

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    The jealousy and fear is delicious!

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    LOL, do you think Mac Jones will succeed with a WR group not much better than the one in 2020? Where have those signed TE and WR been?

  24. hailtothe says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Bledsoe was the starter Brady’s entire rookie year and into Brady’s second year. Brady became the starter when Bledsoe suffered massive internal bleeding from a hit. There was no controversy at all when Brady took over, the Patriots didn’t have a choice. When Bledsoe recovered, BB stuck with Brady, but I don’t recall it being a huge controversy at the time.

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    There were 2 levels of controversy. The first came when Bledose returned from injury where he had to accept the notion that a starter lost his job due to injury. And again when Brady injured his ankle vs the Steelers when it wasn’t clear which one of them would play in the SB.

    Both times Belichick rolled with Brady.

  25. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    LOL, do you think Mac Jones will succeed with a WR group not much better than the one in 2020? Where have those signed TE and WR been?

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    The real question is if Newton could do any better.

  26. The real question is if Newton could do any better.

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    Of course Cam Newton would be worse, but if the TE and WR Belichick paid in free agency splurge don’t step up, it really doesn’t matter who the QB will be, … and it will make Kraft very angry, because if they can’t meet the expectation, not just 2021 season is wasted, 2022 season will be wasted too.

  27. Here’s a interesting take:
    Bill awards starting job to Mac, cuts unvaccinated Cam doing him a solid so he can see if he can land elsewhere as starter & also gain Roster space GAMBLING nobody would pick him up & will bring him back to practice squad if nobody signs him…. If someone signs him than so be it… worth the risk!!!

  28. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Of course Cam Newton would be worse, but if the TE and WR Belichick paid in free agency splurge don’t step up, it really doesn’t matter who the QB will be, … and it will make Kraft very angry, because if they can’t meet the expectation, not just 2021 season is wasted, 2022 season will be wasted too.

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    For certain the FA acquisitions need to step up. But that’s true regardless of Newton or Jones. That said, the body of work with the new acquisitions has been exactly the same for both QBs. If the contention Newton should have been better with the new acquisitions it would seem that never materialized within that body of work. Or at the very least was on par with the rookie.

  29. If the contention Newton should have been better with the new acquisitions it would seem that never materialized within that body of work.

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    The problem is that Belichick and Pats try to reinstall the offense system they had with Brady, then obviously Cam Newton is not qualified for the position.

    I think Belichick had talked to Cam and asked him to be a “nice and quite” backup and Cam refused. The vaccine-gate was just that Cam made unpleasant “noise” to Belichick’s ears. Basically he forced Belichick to cut him.

  30. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    The problem is that Belichick and Pats try to reinstall the offense system they had with Brady, then obviously Cam Newton is not qualified for the position.

    I think Belichick had talked to Cam and asked him to be a “nice and quite” backup and Cam refused. The vaccine-gate was just that Cam made unpleasant “noise” to Belichick’s ears. Basically he forced Belichick to cut him.

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    I wouldn’t stop you from having that opinion despite not agreeing with it. Somebody earlier said it best … If it was Brady refusing to get vaccinated would he have been cut? Statistically not likely. Clearly what’s on the field is playing a larger role.
    IMO, there hasn’t been anything about Newton from last year to this that would have suggested Belichick had a problem with him. There hasn’t been anything reported about Newton being noisy about his vaccination preferences.

    If what you suggest is true and Newton isn’t a good fit for the system than it would seem to make complete sense why he was released. However, it would\should (rightfully) place a spot light on why he was ever signed (and resigned)to begin with.

  31. If what you suggest is true and Newton isn’t a good fit for the system than it would seem to make complete sense why he was released. However, it would\should (rightfully) place a spot light on why he was ever signed (and resigned)to begin with.

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    That is why I said that Belichick had no clue what made the offense system work. If you were a QB with the personality like Cam, would you be willing to be a backup in an environment of having no fun?

  32. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    That is why I said that Belichick had no clue what made the offense system work. If you were a QB with the personality like Cam, would you be willing to be a backup in an environment of having no fun?
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    So just for yucks … I’m assuming this started after Brady left? I’m not sure how you could argue otherwise considering he held onto Brady for so long. Or are you contending he has always had no clue and just got lucky with Brady? Or more specifically happened to find the diamond in the rough with Brady that fit his system perfectly? Either way, are we to believe that he somehow couldn’t ascribe the same diving rod with Jones despite getting it wrong with Newton? And if so, why not?

    I guess the fundamental problem with your argument is Belichick must have some type of clue otherwise he would have parted with Brady. If he has no clue that has to be on the table, no? I mean even if Brady landing on the Pats was attributed to 100% luck, staying with him for so long seems to indicate Belichick has some type of clue. It might just b easier to say he made a mistake with Newton than asking people to subscribe to the notion that a coach with 8 SB rings has no idea what he’s doing offensively.

  33. to find the diamond in the rough with Brady that fit his system perfectly?

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    Belichick was cheap, did nothing to help Bledsoe. Bledsoe had no choice but moving the chains little by little, and couldn’t score enough. You call it Belichick’s system?

    Brady took over, had the skills to keep couple of more drives alive and on average, scored 3-10 more points per games, that is about 100 more points in 16 games. You claim it is because he fitted Belichick’s system?

  34. ztoa says:
    August 31, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Belichick was cheap, did nothing to help Bledsoe. Bledsoe had no choice but moving the chains little by little, and couldn’t score enough. You call it Belichick’s system?

    Brady took over, had the skills to keep couple of more drives alive and on average, scored 3-10 more points per games, that is about 100 more points in 16 games. You claim it is because he fitted Belichick’s system?

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    As you so aptly admitted, Brady had the same cheap talent as Bledsoe but did more with it. Anybody who watched Brady the first 3 years knows that his game was nothing more than “moving the chains little by little”. So yeah I’m calling it Belichick’s system (actually CWeis). The simple fact of the matter is Brady did Better than Bledsoe in the exact same system with the exact same caliber of talent. The fact also remains that Belichick could have easily gone back to Bledsoe but he didn’t. Which more than proves he has at least a tinkers clue what to do on offense.

    Belichick’s decision to go with Testaverde over Kosar was the right one.
    Belichick’s decision to go with Brady over Bledsoe was the right one.
    Belichick’s decision to go with Jones over Newton seems like the right one but time will be the true arbiter. History seems to side with Belichick.

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