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Richard Sherman calls Cam Newton's reported Patriots contract 'disgusting'

Richard Sherman calls Cam Newton's reported Patriots contract 'disgusting'

If you're a Patriots fan, you're excited New England is acquiring Cam Newton for a relative bargain.

But Richard Sherman certainly isn't a Patriots fan, and he has a serious issue with Newton's new reported salary.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback called Newton's reported deal with New England -- a one-year, incentive-laden contract that would max out at $7.5 million -- "disgusting" in a tweet Sunday night.

Sherman believes Newton is being woefully underpaid after making $20 million per year on a five-year, $103 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

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Sherman may have a point, too: Even if Newton hits all of his incentives, he'll earn less in 2020 than 26 NFL quarterbacks, a list that includes Marcus Mariota, Nick Foles and Taysom Hill, per OverTheCap.com. That's quite the fall from grace for a three-time Pro Bowler and a former NFL MVP.

Newton turned 31 in May, though, and dealt with shoulder and foot injuries that both required surgery and caused him to miss a combined 16 games in 2018 and 2019.

Those injuries apparently scared off the Panthers -- who released him in March -- and other teams that had three months to sign him before the Patriots swooped in Sunday night.

If you ask Sherman, another club should have stepped up to offer Newton more money. Instead, Sherman's 49ers will have to deal with Newton's Patriots when the two teams meet in Week 7.

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

Patriots 53-man roster projection entering training camp

The Patriots have already hit the field in Foxboro, but we'll have to wait until Monday to see them put the pads on for the first time.

It will be a training camp unlike any other; New England was supposed to open the preseason Thursday night against the Lions — and their 2020 season-opener against the Dolphins is just a month away.

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But Bill Belichick will have a lot of decisions to make over the next few weeks. Will Cam Newton seize the starting QB job as expected — and will the team carry both Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as well? How can the team make up for a league-high eight opt-outs including defensive stalwarts Dont'a Hightower and Patrick Chung along with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon? How many of the team's 10 draft picks from this spring will make the team?

Those questions will be answered over the coming weeks, but before practices begin in earnest, let's take an early look at how the team's roster will shake out.

Click here for the Patriots' 53-man roster projection entering training camp.

 

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirm RB's signing with Patriots

Lamar Miller officially is a member of the New England Patriots, it appears.

The Patriots still haven't announced Miller's signing after a report Monday that the free-agent running back had agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

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But Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed his client put pen to paper Wednesday to join the Patriots.

Miller also confirmed the news by sharing Rosenhaus' announcement on his Instagram story.

 

Miller has topped 1,000 rushing yards in two of his eight NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl with the Houston Texans in 2018. He missed the entire 2019 season due to a torn ACL, however, and his days as a workhorse running back might be behind him at age 29.

Still, the Patriots could use Miller's services with reports that Sony Michel may not be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from ankle surgery. Miller could fill Michel's role as an early-down rusher to complement James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris.

Miller wasn't spotted at Patriots training camp Wednesday, but expect him to show up at Gillette Stadium soon now that his deal is official.