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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.

NFL opt outs: Complete list of players who won't play in 2020 season

NFL opt outs: Complete list of players who won't play in 2020 season

NFL training camps officially began Tuesday, but there were some notable absences.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season last Friday, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, multiple players have followed suit, continuing a trend across all major North American professional sports of players declining to participate in their seasons as COVID-19 persists in the United States.

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The Patriots especially have felt the impact of this trend: Six New England players -- including star linebacker Dont'a Hightower -- already have opted out, the most of any NFL team.

Below is a running list of the players who have opted out of the 2020 NFL season, according to reports or team/player confirmations. The list is sorted alphabetically after the Patriots, with the date of the players' opt-outs in parentheses.

New England Patriots

RB Brandon Bolden (July 28)
OT Marcus Cannon (July 28)
S Patrick Chung (July 28)
LB Dont'a Hightower (July 28)
WR Marqise Lee (August 1)
OG Najee Toran (July 27)
FB Danny Vitale (July 27)
TE Matt LaCosse (August 2)

Baltimore Ravens

OT Andre Smith (July 28)
WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas (July 27)

Buffalo Bills

CB E.J. Gaines (August 2)
DT Star Lotulelei (July 28)

Carolina Panthers

LB Jordan Mack (July 28)
LB Christian Miller (August 3)

Chicago Bears

DT Eddie Goldman (July 28)

Cincinnati Bengals

OT Isaiah Prince (July 31)
DT Josh Tupou (July 31)

Cleveland Browns

OL Drake Dorbeck (July 29)
OL Drew Forbes (July 29)

Dallas Cowboys

CB Maurice Canady (July 27)
WR Stephen Guidry (July 28)
FB Jamize Olawale (Aug. 2)

Denver Broncos

DT Kyle Peko (July 28)

Detroit Lions

DT John Atkins (July 29)
WR Geronimo Allison (Aug. 2)

Green Bay Packers

WR Devin Funchess (July 28)

Houston Texans

DT Eddie Vanderdoes (July 28)

Jacksonville Jaguars

EDGE Larentee McCray (August 1)
DL Al Woods (July 31)

Kansas City Chiefs

OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (July 24)
RB Damien Williams (July 29)

Los Angeles Rams

OT Chandler Brewer (July 31)

Minnesota Vikings

NT Michael Pierce (July 28)

New Orleans Saints

TE Jason Vander Laan (July 28)
TE Cole Wick (July 28)

New York Giants

WR Da'Mari Scott (August 2)
LT Nate Solder (July 29)

New York Jets

OL Leo Koloamatangi (July 28)
LB CJ Mosley (Aug. 1)

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Marquise Goodwin (July 28)

Seattle Seahawks

OG Chance Warmack (July 27)

Tennessee Titans

OL Anthony McKinney (July 28)

Washington Football Team

DT Caleb Brantley (July 27)

Free Agents

G Larry Warford (July 28)

Bucs' Tom Brady celebrates 43rd birthday with self-aware tweet

Bucs' Tom Brady celebrates 43rd birthday with self-aware tweet

What do you get a six-time Super Bowl champion with a supermodel wife and millions of dollars for his birthday?

Turns out the answer is pretty simple: a new phone.

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turns 43 years old Monday, and once he hits the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, he'll be just the fifth QB in NFL history to take a snap past 43.

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Here's how Brady celebrated his first birthday outside New England in over two decades:

What's with the new iPhone reference? Well, Brady inadvertently let slip on his Instagram story this weekend that he's still rocking an iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 came out in September 2014, back when Brady still was seeking his fourth Super Bowl title and had yet to become entangled in the Deflategate debacle.

There's nothing wrong with keeping the same phone for six years, but when you're a multimillionaire of Brady's stature, you can probably upgrade a bit more often.

Then again, nothing reinforces Brady's status as the NFL's oldest non-kicker like the QB rocking some out-of-date technology.

At least his wife, Gisele Bundchen, still supports him, regardless of what iPhone model he has.