Sherman slams Newton’s deal.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
SAN FRANCISCO — Black Contracts Matter? Former league MVP Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots over the weekend for the veteran’s minimum of $1.05 million plus incentives that could bump his remuneration to $7.5 million. But Cam, 31, is only guaranteed a measly $550,000, drawing the ire of San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman who called the indenture both “ridiculous” and “disgusting.” Richard tweeted his exasperation on Sunday.
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
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 29, 2020
“How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? Just ridiculous,” he wrote. “A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting.” Many pundits are speculating Cam was low-balled because he’s a black quarterback. The same can be said for Jameis Winston who signed a one-year contract for $1.1 million with the New Orleans Saints (only $148,000 guaranteed) despite throwing for more than 5,000 yards last season.
Conversely, white signal-callers Chad Henne ($2.75 million guaranteed), Andy Dalton ($3 million guaranteed), Chase Daniel ($5 million guaranteed) and Taysom Hill ($16 million guaranteed) all garnered more lucrative deals than Cam during free agency despite possessing inferior skill sets.
That said, after two injury-riddled seasons, Cam ain’t complaining. He’s just glad to have a job. “I’m excited as I don’t know what right now!!” he tweeted. “All praise to God!!… I hope you’re ready!! #letsgopats.”
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