Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Sunday. And San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman felt Newton wasn't paid what he deserves.
Newton, plagued with a string of injuries over the last several seasons, will get an opportunity to prove his value under Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Belichick and then try to capitalize on a long-term deal in 2021.
The one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives. The minimum base salary is only a little over $1 million and the 2015 NFL MVP would rank 27th among league quarterbacks even if he capitalized on the full value of the deal, according to overthecap.com.
Regardless of circumstance and the potential for a match-made-in-heaven union, Sherman wasn't having it.
"How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) just ridiculous," Sherman tweeted, complimenting Newton's resume. "A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting."
How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting https://t.co/eZycGL8qkZ
The first overall pick of the 2011 draft, Newton became a free agent after the rebuilding Carolina Panthers released him on March 24 with one year left on his contract.
Despite his impressive body of work, Newton remained unsigned for three months thanks largely to uncertainty over his health.
A surgically repaired throwing shoulder and a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot limited Newton to just two games in 2019. Based on the many workout videos he has posted on his social media platforms this offseason, Newton appears to have recovered. But because of the coronavirus restrictions that forced the closing of NFL facilities, teams were unable to host the quarterback and have him take a physical to confirm that his shoulder and foot were indeed structurally sound.
Contributing: Mike Jones
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