Cam Newton is absolutely worth picking up a flyer for the New England Patriots | Chris Mason

MVPs aren’t supposed to be in the bargain basket, but that’s exactly where the Patriots got Cam Newton.

The longtime Panther agreed to “a bare minimum deal” in New England on Sunday night, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If Newton hits all of his incentives, he could make a maximum of $ 7.5 million. For reference, Tom Brady is still in the Patriots ledger for $ 13.5 million in 2020.

Of course, Newton, 31, working in free agency until June is not without reason.

A Lisfranc fracture to the foot limited Newton to two games last year, he had two shoulder operations in three seasons and double-threat quarterbacks don’t tend to have a long life in the NFL. .

But on a silver ashtray? It is obvious to Bill Belichick.

The Patriot takes on all the perks – and there are a lot of them out there. If that doesn’t work, Belichick can just cut Newton off. It is that simple.

At best, Newton walks in and embraces the “nobody believes in us” mentality that Belichick forged a dynasty of. Heck, he basically said it in an Instagram video last month.

“All I know is work. That’s all I know. They abandoned me, ”Newton said. “That’s all I know.”

If Newton internalizes this fuel and ignites it on a one-year contract, it will be able to come back to the market during the next offseason. At least he would push Jarrett Stidham more than Brian Hoyer.

If he’s a distraction? Belchick can cut it.

What if he is not in good health? Belichick can cut it.

If he just doesn’t have it anymore? Belichick can cut it.

The old general choice # 1 is worth it. This is not an Antonio Brown situation where one-player play can lead to salary cap headaches. Newton has a cheap one-year contract. If he ends up staying and hitting all of his incentives, things have gone very, very well for the Patriots – and for Newton.

Belichick has long admired Newton’s play. He sprang from the double-threat quarterback ahead of a game in 2017.

“I think when you talk about moving quarterbacks, guys who are hard to manage, to tackle, who can throw, run, make good decisions, can beat you in a lot of – I would put Newton at the top of the list,” he said. Belichick said. . “I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of other good players doing that. But I would say of all the guys that we play with or who have played recently in the last couple of years, I would definitely put it – he’s the toughest guy to do it with.

“I would put him at the top of the list,” Belichick reiterated. “I’m not saying the other guys aren’t a problem, because they are, but he might be public enemy number one.”

At only three years of that status, Newton is absolutely worth picking up a leaflet.

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