Cam Newton’s contract isn’t big.
In fact, his one-year, $1.05 million deal with the New England Patriots is tied for the smallest among starting quarterbacks in the league, and less than contracts for nine different backups.
Newton, however, isn’t bothered by his deal, especially after an impressive first two outings with the Patriots.
“Surprisingly but true and factual enough, if I do what I am supposed to do, as I am expecting to, that will not be a topic of discussion here moving forward,” Newton said on WEEI on Tuesday, via the Providence Journal. “Like I said, you’re talking to a person who — money at this particular point in my career is not important, right? Let’s be honest, I’ve made money. But for everything I play this game for, I haven’t received yet. And that’s why I’m playing. It’s not about money, it’s about respect.
“And especially going back to the negotiating table when this opportunity presented itself, I didn’t want to keep going back-and-forth, this and that. I said, ‘Listen, let’s get the deal done. Let’s do it.’ For all that it’s worth, it’s going to play dividends moving forward. I do believe this: a wise man once said, and that wise man is my father, ‘All blessings do not come in financial means.’ Just because you have money and do that, blessings come in many different forms than that. For me, if I do what I am supposed to do, everything else will take care of itself.”
Signing with Pats next season ‘literally the last of my worries’
Though it’s still early, Newton is off to a solid start with the Patriots after missing nearly a full year amid a rough ending to his time with the Carolina Panthers.
Newton led the Patriots to a season-opening win against the Dolphins, and then racked up nearly 400 passing yards and came up just a yard short in their comeback bid on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. He’s racked up more than 120 rushing yards and ran in four touchdowns — tied for the most among any player in the league so far.
If he continues on that trend, he’ll almost certainly play himself into a much larger contract next season — be that in New England or elsewhere.
Though the 31-year-old said he’s not focused on next season or a new deal now at all, he’s happy with his fit with the Patriots so far.
“You must understand, that is literally the last of my worries and if we had to put an analogy in it, that is under so much work at my desk that I am not really too much focused on it,” Newton said, via the Providence Journal. “I do admire and love the culture of the Patriots. It’s been a place for me that has been therapeutic. This is a place that has been rather challenging for my growth and is making me better. And also, it has been a place that has given me everything for my needs at this particular time in my life.
“Through it all, I am going to let the cards shuffle the way they shuffle and do the things that I can control.”
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