Cam Newton heads to New England and the Patriots were punished for filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ touchline in a December game last season.
All in one working day for the NFL headquarters.
In a deal that was both shocking and unsurprising, Bill Belichick and the Patriots won Newton on a one-year “incentive” contract, by ESPN.
The deal, which was “in the works,” was revealed by ESPN and the NFL Network around the same time that news of the New England punishment was reported.
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The Patriots will have to pay $ 1.1 million, more importantly, lose a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, and will not be allowed to draw any games in the coming season, after a member of the Patriots was caught recording the Cincinnati sideline during the week. 14.
The shooting took place during the Bengals game in December in Cleveland. The Bengals hosted the Patriots the following week and lost 34-13.
When the recording came to light last season, the team said at the time that a team of three was producing a web series called ‘Do your job’ “Filmed the field inappropriately from the press room” as part of a report on the screening service. The shooting took place “without specific knowledge of the rules of the league,” said the press release.
But who cares? Newton is a patriot!
Many in the NFL community have noticed the timing; the Patriots have always been masters of controlling the story.
New England remained almost strangely silent in the quarterback market after Tom Brady took over and left for Tampa Bay, but made a decision that should and will scare his AFC rivals.
Newton, who was just 31 last month, has battled injury and fitness for the past few seasons, but was the league’s quintessential player in 2015 with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers released Newton after being unable to find a trading partner for him during the off-season; a disorderly end to a nine-year race with the organization.
And while there is no guarantee that Newton will even win the starting spot in New England, it’s a “chance to compete,” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Newton will join a QB depth chart that includes Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.
The featured quarterback missed 14 games last season with a foot injury and missed the previous season’s closing games with a shoulder injury.
NFL.com has reported that Newton’s agreement with the Patriots could be worth up to $ 7.5 million, depending on whether certain performance milestones have been reached.
Since being selected as the number one pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton has 29,041 yards passed with 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions.
He also ran for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns, more than any other quarterback in NFL history.
While the realities of the deal are one thing, the NFL world is already preparing for Newton to take the starting position and excel.