How much will Cam Newton command in 2021 free agency?

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Cam Newton’s market value in 2021

Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the Patriots that included just $500,000 guaranteed to find a quick route back into a starting position. He can expect this to increase substantially next spring whether that is in New England or elsewhere.

According to Spotrac, Newton’s production this season could see him command an annual salary of $31.5 million per season on a four-year, $126.09 million deal. This would be a justification of his initial decision to take lesser money – which is hardly essential to a player that’s already made $122.5 million over his career so far.

There are plenty of teams across the league who will be on the lookout for quarterback help in free agency. This should almost guarantee Newton has a real market and there is every chance New England keeps him around during an uncertain time.

It appears unlikely that Jarrett Stidham is the answer, despite Bill Belichick’s instance to the contrary before the season began. Getting better pieces around Newton will be crucial if they extend the signal-caller and the Patriots will also get some outstanding veterans back on defense in 2021 who opted out due to COVID-19, then a postseason challenge might be far behind.

Per Over the Cap, the franchise tag next season is going to be around $23.51 million, which is another avenue New England can go down. Either way, Newton is sure to add to his incredible wealth when it’s time for negotiations once competitive action concludes.