Social media was set on fire on Sunday when the news of Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots broke. A lot of people were putting the Patriots right back in the playoff conversation due to the signing of the former MVP.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman wasn't one of them. He was too busy wondering why Cam signed an incentive-laden one-year deal that will pay a maximum of $7.5 million.
Obviously Sherman is implying some sort of discrimination. But when you look closely at why Cam had to settle for an incentive-laden deal it makes sense.
Cam isn't just a former MVP. He's a former MVP coming off of two injury filled seasons. On top of that the Patriots don't have a ton of cap space to sign Newton to a big contract and there didn't appear to be a lot of other options.
Newton is getting a deal that if healthy lets him prove he's healthy while playing for a playoff caliber team. Most importantly he's back in the league. It seemed to workout nicely for Teddy Bridgewater.
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