San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has lashed out over a ‘disgusting’ aspect of Cam Newton’s deal with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots reached an agreement with the free-agent quarterback on Sunday, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady.
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The one-year deal is worth up to US$7.5 million with incentives.
“I'm as excited as I don't what right now!!” Newton posted on Instagram.
“All praise to God!! Dropping content tomorrow!! I hope you're ready!! Let’sgoPats.”
However one person who isn’t as excited is Sherman.
Sherman tweeted about Newton’s deal on Sunday night, pointing out the major issue - money.
“How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.)” he tweeted.
“Just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting.”
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 https://t.co/eZycGL8qkZ— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 29, 2020
Newton was named NFL MVP in 2015, but has struggled with injuries the past few years.
That certainly made him a risk, but his talent can’t be denied.
Even in 2018, when he struggled with a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery, Newton completed 67.9 percent of his passes, by far a career high and ninth-best in the NFL.
Even though Newton was the most talented quarterback left available on the market this offseason, and had been for quite some time, he remained unsigned for longer than he should have been.
Teams forked over more money for lesser quarterbacks, making Newton’s deal seem like an even bigger steal.
Comparing Cam Newton’s pay to other QBs
Newton is being paid less than:
Taysom Hill, who is the highest-paid backup quarterback in the league after signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints in April that is valued at $10.5 million annually.
Nick Foles, who is making a total of $8 million in 2020 after being traded to the Chicago Bears and restructuring his deal. The Bears also had to give up a fourth-round pick to acquire Foles, who will be competing with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job.
Tua Tagovailoa, who was taken by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth overall pick in the draft despite a hip injury that required surgery in November. The annual average value of Tagovailoa’s contract is just over $7.5 million, all before he’s been tested in an NFL game — or even an NFL practice.
with Liz Roscher and Associated press