UPDATE: Mike Garafolo has reported the details of Cam Newton’s one-year contract with the Patriots, which has a base-value of $5 million with up $9 million in incentives.
Cam Newton's contract with the #Patriots has a $5 million base value, according to sources:— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2021
$2m signing bonus
$1.5m base salary (guaranteed)
$1.5m total in per-game roster bonuses
The rest ($9m) is in incentives for playoffs, Pro Bowl, All-Pro, MVP, Super Bowl MVP, etc.
The New England Patriots faced a big question at the quarterback position headed into the offseason, and they’ve made at least one significant move to address it. The Patriots are re-signing Cam Newton to a one-year deal, according to Boston Globe reporter Jim McBride.
The Patriots entered the offseason with Newton and Brian Hoyer scheduled to hit free agency while Jarrett Stidham and Jacob Dolegala were signed for 2021. Although Newton now re-joins the unit for one more year, it does not preclude further moves, per Adam Schefter.
The Patriots hold the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and head into free agency with upwards of $68 million in cap space at the moment.
Fantasy football implications for 2021
As Schefter mention, this move to bring back Cam Newton does not mean that he is their starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season. However, if he is, he could be a value in fantasy football leagues — though not a sexy one, I’ll give you that.
As a passer, Newton finished the season with just 2,657 passing yards, 8 TDs and 10 INTs... on 15 games as a starter. Ouch. His only redemption (if we can call it that) was his rushing ability, which once led him to an MVP selection and All-Pro selection. He finished the year with 592 yards and 12 TDs on the ground, leading all quarterbacks in red zone rushing attempts and rushes inside the five-yard line.
Though Newton finished the year as the QB16 in fantasy football leagues, he did start off the season on a higher note. In the first three games of the season, Newton ranked as the QB7. Though he still didn’t have impressive numbers as a passer in that time, he was on a roll to start the season 2-1 for his new team with momentum building. Cam Newton sat out in Week 4 after testing positive for COVID-19, however, and from that moment onward, it was all downhill. Newton admitted that he fell behind in that time, and it showed in his performance on the field and for fantasy managers.
Newton won’t be highlighting any lists of “must-draft players” heading into 2021, but given the upside he continues to hold as a rushing quarterback, he might wind up being one of better values within the draft. His rushing upside is the ultimate “fantasy cheat code,” and could be a real difference-maker for two-quarterback or superflex fantasy football leagues.