Richard Sherman Rips Cam Newton's Reported Patriots Contract as 'Disgusting'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2020

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif  Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clowney and Newtown didn't have to wait long at all to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college. The three former No. 1 overall draft picks are finding things moving much more slowly as they search for new homes or contracts this offseason. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
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Richard Sherman ripped NFL teams after Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, calling it "disgusting" the former MVP had to sign for such a small amount. 

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

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

Newton's one-year contract has a maximum value of $7.5 million but is incentive-laden and is a "bare-minimum" deal, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Sherman's point regarding quarterback salaries is valid. There are 18 quarterbacks who are currently under contract for an average of more than $20 million per season, many of whom lack Newton's resume. Teddy Bridgewater, who is replacing Newton as the Panthers' starter, has made just six starts since the 2015 season and will make an average of $21 million in his new contract.

Most of the remaining 32 teams will enter 2020 with a quarterback on a rookie-scale contract, which allows teams to add depth at other positions. The Patriots were only in a position to sign Newton because most quarterback-needy teams recently drafted signal-callers. 

The COVID-19 pandemic was also likely a factor. With Newton having undergone shoulder surgery in 2018 and foot surgery in 2019, teams were not able to have the quarterback in their facilities for a workout or physical, which could have depressed his value. 

It's likely the Patriots' offer was the best Newton could get from an opportunity and salary standpoint, but Sherman has a point about lesser players getting more.