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New England Patriots

By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

A Cam Newton Instagram post from Thursday shines a light on the rest of the NFL for passing on the opportunity to sign him, subtly referencing his surprisingly small-money deal with the Patriots – and how little the money matters to him.

“It’s not a lot of things money cannot buy, but amongst the top of that list of things, you would find RESPECT as one of those!!” Newton’s post reads. “This is not about money for me; it’s about RESPECT.”

The totality of Newton’s offseason Instagram posts reveals a highly motivated quarterback, who was granted permission to seek a trade from the Carolina Panthers before being released in late March. The Patriots finally signed Newton on Sunday, agreeing to a one-year deal with only $550,000 guaranteed and up to $7.5 million in salary, per-game roster bonuses, and incentives.

Newton’s preparation for the season with the Patriots took a hit on Thursday, when the league announced it would cut the number of preseason games in half. If Newton plays for the Patriots in their preseason debut, it would come against his former team.

Despite Newton’s pedigree as a former NFL MVP with a Super Bowl appearance on his resume, he reportedly wasn’t guaranteed the starting quarterback job for the Patriots. Furthermore, one AFC East coach told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the team still loves second-year signal-caller Jarrett Stidham and that Newton could merely be a “wild card” in the QB hierarchy.

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