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NFL Rumors: Bucs TE Cameron Brate took pay cut to play with Tom Brady

NFL Rumors: Bucs TE Cameron Brate took pay cut to play with Tom Brady

Tom Brady already is helping his new team be more competitive in 2020.

Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate agreed to a restructed contract Sunday that allows him to remain in Tampa Bay through 2023.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the new deal involves Brate taking a $1.75 million pay cut for 2020, from a $6 million base salary to a $4.25 million base salary on his new deal.

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Brate can earn a full $6 million if he hits certain incentives, The Athletic's Greg Auman reports.

Still, it's a 30 percent base salary pay cut for Brate and a 40 percent reduction from his 2019 base salary of $7 million.

But such is the lure of playing with the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady helped many tight ends thrive during his 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots, notably future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski and the troubled but talented Aaron Hernandez.

Brate comes with plenty of talent: The 28-year-old Harvard product has 24 touchdown receptions over the last four seasons and logged at least 30 receptions in each of those campaigns. He'll combine with the 25-year-old O.J. Howard to form arguably Brady's best tight end duo since Hernandez and Gronkowski.

That Brate was willing to take a pay cut is a great sign for the Bucs, who were down to about $24 million in cap space after signing Brady to a two-year, $50 million deal with incentives.

If Brady's "LeBron Effect" comes to bear and free agents flock to Tampa Bay, it's possible the team could sign them at a discount as well, just as Brady's former employer got players to sign for less money and compete for championships.

Patriots fans will enjoy Cam Newton's Instagram video of workout with Mohamed Sanu

Patriots fans will enjoy Cam Newton's Instagram video of workout with Mohamed Sanu

Cam Newton is already hard at work preparing for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton and the New England Patriots reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $7.5 million with incentives.

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The 31-year-old quarterback was on the free agent market for several months after being released by the Carolina Panthers in March. The whole league passed on him until the Patriots finally took the chance on signing him. Therefore, we should expect a highly motivated Newton entering the 2020 season. Not only does he want to prove his doubters wrong, a strong 2020 campaign would also give him a better chance to land a more lucrative contract next offseason.

Motivation was among the themes of Newton's latest Instagram video, which includes footage from his recent workout with Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in Los Angeles. 

Check it out in the post below (WARNING: the video contains some NSFW language).

Newton is not guaranteed to win the starting quarterback job for the Patriots. He should receive tough competition from 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham, who impressed in last year's training camp and preseason.

It's still hard to bet against Newton, though. The former league MVP is clearly determined to show he's still one of the top 12 or 15 quarterbacks in pro football and get his career back on track.

This list of QBs with more guaranteed money than Cam Newton in 2020 is crazy

This list of QBs with more guaranteed money than Cam Newton in 2020 is crazy

The New England Patriots didn't have to make a huge financial commitment to add Cam Newton to their roster for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton and the Patriots reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth up to $7.5 million. The veteran quarterback's contract has a $1.05 million base salary and up to $6.45 million in incentives, per reports. 

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One of the most interesting parts of Newton's contract is his $550,000 in guaranteed money, which isn't a lot, to say the least. In fact, the list of quarterbacks with more guaranteed money in their contract for next season is pretty crazy.

Bleacher Report tweeted the following list Thursday:

There's a good chance none of the quarterbacks listed above will be their team's starter in Week 1. Almost all of them will be backups throughout 2020.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is Jarrett Stidham, who was the favorite to replace Tom Brady as the Patriots' starting quarterback before Newton's arrival. Stidham still has a chance to win the starter job, but if Newton is healthy, it's hard to imagine the 31-year-old veteran losing that competition. 

Either way, the Patriots have not taken much of a risk by acquiring Newton. If he's healthy and plays well, his contract will be among the best values in the league. If it doesn't work out, the Patriots didn't sacrifice a lot of salary cap space to take the chance. It's the classic low-risk, high-reward scenario.

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