fr24news– When the Patriots unexpectedly signed quarterback Cam Newton at the end of June, he received compensation that reached a high of $ 7.5 million. Had he reached that level, the Patriots would have won the Super Bowl.
The Patriots aren’t making the playoffs, and that took a big chunk of Newton’s potential gains in 2020.
Assuming he dresses up for the next two games and keeps his total playing time percentage north of 80% (both are likely to happen), Newton will end the year with $ 3.706 million.
This amount reflects the sum of Newton’s base salary of $ 1.05 million, a per-game roster bonus of $ 43,750 for 15 games (he missed a game while in the COVID- 19) and a $ 2 million playing time bonus, based on landing between 80 and 90 percent of the team’s total offensive shots.
It is currently at 86.8% (778 out of 896). With New England’s average offensive shots at 64 per game this year, another 128 of 128 in the last two games won’t be enough to get Newton north of 90%, which would take the incentive to 2.25. millions of dollars. If Newton for some reason didn’t play the last two games, he would likely fall below 80%. That would bring the incentive down to $ 1.75 million.
The real issue is Newton’s compensation for 2021. The one-year deal doesn’t stop the Patriots from using the franchise tag on Newton, which the Patriots surely won’t. And so Newton will have a chance to hit the open market, and see if another team gives him more than the Patriots can put on the table.
The Patriots know this drill; they lived it last year with Tom Brady. But Brady was ready to go. Newton may wish to stay. Whether the Patriots want Newton or someone else for 2021 will be determined over the next two months, culminating in the launch of free agency 2021 in mid-March.