Cam Newton is off to a great start with the Patriots as he’s not only played extremely well on the field, but injected life and passion into the team and fan base.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract this summer that has a base salary of $1.05 million, includes $3.75 million in playing-time incentives and a maximum value of $7.5 million if the team wins the Super Bowl.
A lot has been made of his contract compared to some of the other quarterbacks in the league, especially backups making more than him But, appearing on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday morning, Newton said once again money doesn’t matter to him right now.
“Surprisingly but true and factual enough, if I do what I am supposed to do, as I am expecting to, that will not be a topic of discussion here moving forward,” Newton said. “Like I said, you’re talking to a person who — money at this particular point in my career is not important, right? Let’s be honest, I’ve made money. But for everything I play this game for, I haven’t received yet. And that’s why I’m playing. It’s not about money, it’s about respect.
“And especially going back to the negotiating table when this opportunity presented itself, I didn’t want to keep going back-and-forth, this and that. I said, ‘Listen, let’s get the deal done. Let’s do it.’ For all that it’s worth, it’s going to play dividends moving forward. I do believe this: a wise man once said, and that wise man is my father, ‘All blessings do not come in financial means.’ Just because you have money and do that, blessings come in many different forms than that. For me, if I do what I am supposed to do, everything else will take care of itself.”
As for wanting a contract extension with the team, that too is not something that is on his mind.
“You must understand, that is literally the last of my worries and if we had to put an analogy in it, that is under so much work at my desk that I am not really too much focused on it,” Newton said. “I do admire and love the culture of the Patriots. It’s been a place for me that has been therapeutic. This is a place that has been rather challenging for my growth and is making me better. And also, it has been a place that has given me everything for my needs at this particular time in my life.
“Through it all, I am going to let the cards shuffle the way they shuffle and do the things that I can control.”
Newton and the 1-1 Patriots will host the Raiders this Sunday.