Could Cam Newton’s Contract Incentives Affect Patriots QB Decision?


Cam Newton has 250,000 causes to wish to begin the New England Patriots’ closing two video games.

When Newton signed with the Patriots in July, incentives have been constructed into his contract. Right here’s a full rundown, by way of ESPN’s Area Yates:

A full breakdown of Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots, which incorporates $3.75M in playing-time incentives and a most worth of $7.5M if the crew wins the Tremendous Bowl.

— Area Yates (@FieldYates) July 9, 2020

For the reason that Patriots aren’t making the playoffs and Newton gained’t be an All-Professional, and since the QB is a significant longshot for Professional Bowl honors, the playing-time incentives are most notable.

Newton has performed 778 out of a attainable 896 offensive snaps for the Patriots this season. That’s 86.8 p.c of snaps. He’s additionally been lively for 13 of 14 video games. He’s presently as a consequence of earn $3,618,750.

If Newton stays above that 80-percent threshold and is lively for the Patriots’ closing two video games, he’d make $3,706,250.

The Patriots have averaged 64 offensive snaps per sport. If Newton doesn’t play one other offensive snap this season and is benched for Jarrett Stidham, and if the Patriots keep on their present snap trajectory, then Newton would end with 76 p.c of snaps and lose $250,000. If Newton performs one full sport however is benched for the opposite, he’d nonetheless seemingly hit that 80-percent threshold and make the $250,000. Newton would lose a further $43,750 for any sport he’s inactive.

The Patriots have nonetheless paid gamers unearned contract incentives prior to now, with defensive deal with Lawrence Man being a major instance. He would have been shorted on $500,000 by lacking his playing-time incentive by .2 share factors in 2017. The Patriots merely added that $500,000 to the subsequent 12 months of his contract.

Newton is on a one-year deal, so the Patriots wouldn’t have the choice to tack $250,000 onto the subsequent 12 months of his contract. The Eagles paid quarterback Nick Foles, who technically wasn’t below contract with Philadelphia, a $1 million signing bonus after he missed out on playing-time incentives by simply 4 snaps through the 2018 season. Foles additionally gained a Tremendous Bowl for the Eagles.

Newton agreed to a bargain-basement cope with the Patriots this offseason, and the contract clearly didn’t include any ensures for enjoying time. The Patriots may not wish to brief change Newton after he’s been soldier all season, nonetheless.

*Article beforehand incorrectly said Newton might lose $2.25 million in contract incentives.

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