This stat will make you pull your hair out over how underpaid Cam Newton is.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Newton is only getting $550,000 of guaranteed salary with a base of $1.05 million for the 2020 campaign. While he has a great opportunity to make up for that with up to $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $5.75 million in other incentives, he’s only going to get the max of $7.5 million if Newton hits all of his benchmarks.
With that estimated $7.5 million now being a reality, Newton will make less than six likely backup quarterbacks in 2020 on his dirt cheap contract. Though you can attempt to rationalize why Mitchell Trubisky, Marcus Mariota and Ryan Fitzpatrick will make more money than Newton in 2020, here is a stat that will make you want to gouge your eyeballs out with a rusty spoon.
The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema quote tweeted Rapoport’s initial report on the details of Newton’s contract with this nugget of gold that is perfect for social media outrage.
“In the year of our Lord 2020, 35-year-old Chad Henne will make almost 4x more than Cam Newton in guaranteed money. Cam Newton has won an MVP trophy (2015) more recently than the last time Chad Henne threw a touchdown pass (2014).”
Chad Henne touchdown passes are rarer commodities than Cam Newton MVPs.
Chad Henne may not be The Finesse King of Chase Daniel, but he too has perfected the art of holding a clipboard and getting paid handsomely for it. Though Henne and Daniel are on the quarterback Mount Rushmore at their respective alma maters, this isn’t Michigan or Mizzou, it is the NFL. Here are a dozen things that have happened since Henne last threw a touchdown pass.
Chad Henne last threw an NFL touchdown pass on Sept. 14, 2014
- Blake Bortles made his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The Kansas City Royals ended a 29-year postseason drought and won the World Series the following season.
- Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State Bulldogs were the first team to be ranked No. 1 by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
- The St. Louis Rams, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders all relocated.
- Jameis Winston had yet to lose a college start for the Florida State Seminoles.
- LeBron James came home to Northeast Ohio, won an NBA Finals and then took his talents to Hollywood.
- The expansion Vegas Golden Knights played in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Washington Capitals in their first season of existence.
- The Virginia Cavaliers lost to the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of an NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. UVA won it all the very next April.
- Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters Tournament. He hadn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
- The Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51 to Newton’s new employer.
- Jerry Richardson still owned of the Carolina Panthers and David Tepper was a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Patrick Mahomes was a freshman quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Baker Mayfield was on his redshirt season after transferring to the Oklahoma Sooners to play for Bob Stoops.
We can go on. I had never written a sports article the last time Henne completed a touchdown pass in the NFL. The SEC Network was a month old and The Paul Finebaum Show on a national scope was all the rage for us down south in rural Georgia. But you know hard work pays off. Then again, so does being at the right place at the right time. Henne is a Super Bowl champion now.
So while Newton makes next to nothing to compete for a starting job with the Patriots, Henne can hold a clipboard on the sidelines, watch Patrick Mahomes play quarterback and help Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy coach. Bieniemy might be an NFL head coach before Henne throws another touchdown pass in the NFL, and that’s assuming another year of donuts out of Henne in 2020.
A lot has happened in the sports world since Henne last threw a touchdown pass for the Jaguars.