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Last Updated: March 15, 2021

Cam Newton Signs 1-Year $14 Million Deal with New England Patriots

Introduction

On Friday, March 12th, 2021 the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with their veteran star starting quarterback, Cam Newton, on a 1 – year contract worth up to approximately $14 million. This was a wise move by the New England Patriots front office as they currently do not have a better option at the quarterback position, and Newton displayed signs of greatness at times last year even though he does not have a lot highly talented or skilled offensive weapons to work with when running the New England Patriots’ offense.

Contract Details

This new signing for 1 – year and roughly $14 million seems to be really quite basic. This deal they just worked out between Newton and the New England Patriots does not include a signing bonus or any guaranteed money. Apparently, there are incentives worked into this new agreement although they have not been disclosed to the public at the moment, but reports have indicated that the incentives included in the contract may total up to around $6 million. Cam is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent once again next year in 2022.

Football Background

Cam was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He attended Westlake High School, and shortly into his high school years Newton quit playing baseball and basketball to focus on playing football at a high level. Following high school Cam originally enrolled at the University of Florida to play college football for the Gators. He then transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, and eventually transferred to Auburn University where he began to dominate the game of football for the Tigers towards the end of his college career.

The National Football League

The quarterback that beat you with his arm or his feet was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 1st overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Newton’s impact on the National Football League was felt immediately as he was able to physically do so much with the football in his hands, and he became very difficult for opposing defenses to defend against him.

Some of Cam’s biggest accomplishments in the National Football League revolve around the 2015 – 2016 NFL season. That year Newton led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl 50 which they ultimately lost to the Denver Broncos with a final score of 24 to 10. Although he did not come up victorious in the Super Bowl, he did win the NFL’s regular season MVP award, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, the Bert Bell award, and he was named to the NFL’s First – Team All – Pro as well as the NFL Pro Bowl team all for his performance during the 2015 – 2016 season of the National Football League.

Last Season with the New England Patriots

After finally getting healthy after battling numerous injuries and having multiple surgeries Cam was ready to move on from quarterbacking the Carolina Panthers, and find a new home in the NFL. Newton was signed by the New England Patriots on a 1 – year deal for last season. Throughout the 2020 – 2021 NFL season Cam completed 242 of his 368 pass attempts resulting in 2,657 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

Although those are not then most glamorous numbers for an NFL starting quarterback these days Newton did not have quality skill position players to move the ball downfield with, and he was forced to make things happen on his own often times. He was effective as a rusher though as he ran for 592 rushing yards on 137 attempts (which equates to 4.3 yards per carry) as well as 12 rushing touchdowns. Look for him to try to improve upon his performance from last year with this year’s squad of players for the New England Patriots.

Cam Newton’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • NFL First – Team All – Pro (2015)
  • 3 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Bert Bell Award (2015)
  • PFWA All – Rookie Team (2011)
  • 2 Time NCAA BCS National Champion (2008, 2010)
  • Heisman Trophy Award (2010)
  • Maxwell Award (2010)
  • Walter Camp Award (2010)
  • Davey O'Brien Award (2010)
  • AP College Football Player of the Year (2010)
  • Sporting News College Player of the Year (2010)
  • Consensus All – American (2010)
  • First – Team All – SEC (2010)

The NFL Records Cam Newton Holds

  • Most Rushing Touchdowns by a Quarterback – 70
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns by a Quarterback in a Single – Season – 14
  • Most Rushing Attempts by a Quarterback – 1,071

Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Friday, March 12th, 2021.

Option                                                 Odds
Kansas City Chiefs                                    +450
Green Bay Packers                                   +850
Tampa Bay Buccaneers                            +850
Buffalo Bills                                              +1100
Los Angeles Rams                                  +1200
San Francisco 49ers                               +1400
Baltimore Ravens                                    +1600
New Orleans Saints                                +2000
Indianapolis Colts                                    +2000
Cleveland Browns                                   +2000
Seattle Seahawks                                    +2000
Miami Dolphins                                        +2500
Los Angeles Chargers                              +2800
Dallas Cowboys                                       +2800
Tennessee Titans                                     +2800
Pittsburgh Steelers                                   +3300
Arizona Cardinals                                     +3300
New England Patriots                               +4000
Minnesota Vikings                                    +5000
Atlanta Falcons                                         +5000
Carolina Panthers                                     +5000
Denver Broncos                                        +5000
Chicago Bears                                          +6600
New York Giants                                       +6600
Las Vegas Raiders                                    +6600
Washington Football Team                        +6600
Philadelphia Eagles                                   +8000
New York Jets                                            +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars                               +10000
Cincinnati Bengals                                   +10000
Houston Texans                                       +15000
Detroit Lions                                             +15000

 

Sources:

“QB Cam Newton returning to New England Patriots on 1-year deal”, Mike Reiss, espn.com, March 12, 2021.

“Cam Newton”, pro-football-reference.com, March 12, 2021.

“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 12, 2021.


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