Greg Olsen on Cam Newton's Patriots Contract: 'It's the All-Time Greatest Deal'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 22, 2020

Carolina Panthers players Cam Newton, right, and Greg Olsen, left, arrive before practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Greg Olsen was shocked just like the rest of the world when he saw the contract that Cam Newton signed with the New England Patriots

On ESPN's First Take, Olsen said his "head popped off" seeing the details of Newton's contract. 

"It's the all-time greatest deal," the three-time Pro Bowl tight end added.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Newton's one-year contract with the Patriots includes $550,000 in guaranteed money, a $1.05 million base salary and incentives that can push its maximum value to $7.5 million. 

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe shared cap numbers for each of the quarterbacks on New England's roster:   

Ben Volin @BenVolin

Patriots 2020 QB salary cap numbers: Cam Newton $1.1375m Brian Hoyer $1.05m Jarrett Stidham $834,028 J’Mar Smith $611,666 Brian Lewerke $610,833 Top 51: $3,021,528 Total: $4,244,027 Lowest QB spending in the NFL.

Perhaps no player in the NFL knows what Newton is capable of better than Olsen. They spent the previous nine seasons as teammates with the Carolina Panthers. Olsen signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent in March. 

Newton went 68-55-1 in 124 starts for the Panthers. He led the franchise to four playoff appearances, three straight NFC South titles from 2013 to 2015, an appearance in Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season and is the only player in team history to be named NFL MVP (2015).