Having gone unsigned for much of the offseason, Newton inked a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Patriots on July 8. ESPN's Field Yates shared the various incentives that could bump his earnings to as much as $7.5 million:
Although Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler and the 2015 MVP, reputation alone might not be enough to guarantee him the No. 1 job in Week 1.
It looked like New England was content to open the 2020 season with Jarrett Stidham as the starting quarterback and replacement for Tom Brady before the Newton signing. And Dianna Russini of ESPN spoke to an AFC East head coach last month who said he "[knew] one thing for a fact: The Patriots love Jarrett Stidham."
Perhaps that will add motivation for Newton, who was probably already carrying a chip on his shoulder after the Carolina Panthers cast him aside in March. He said in a July 5 Instagram video that he's "a killer" and "getting tired of being humble."