Richard Sherman has labeled Cam Newton’s reported contract with the Patriots “disgusting,” as the 2015 NFL MVP is set to earn a maximum of only $7.5 million in 2020.
Reports on Sunday claimed former Panthers quarterback had agreed to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden contract with New England, a move the free agent appeared to confirm when he wrote “‘#letsgoPats” in a message on his social media channels.
Prior to his MVP campaign in 2015, Newton signed a five-year extension worth $103.8 million with $60 million in guarantees, but his deal with New England could end up paying him the veteran minimum of $1.05 million.
Newton, 31, has battled injuries in recent seasons, but Sherman is furious that a three-time Pro Bowler with an MVP campaign on his resume is being paid so little.
Quoting a post about Newton’s deal with New England, the 49ers cornerback wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Newton played in only half of Carolina’s 32 regular-season games over the past two seasons due to shoulder and foot injuries.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson earns an average of $35 million per year, the most at the position. Even $7.5 million would still only put Newton in the region of players on their rookie deals, like the Jets’ Sam Darnold and the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky.
Taysom Hill will earn more than $9 million in total cash from New Orleans in 2020 even though Drew Brees is the Saints’ starter at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett, expected to be Philip Rivers’ backup with the Colts, is set to bring home almost $16 million.
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