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Cam Newton addresses his team-friendly Patriots contract in Instagram post

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Many were shocked to see Cam Newton sign a contract with the New England Patriots that could potentially be worth the NFL minimum, but the former league MVP says he would rather earn respect than money in 2020.

Some details of Newton’s contract emerged on Wednesday night, and his base salary is just over $1 million with half of that due at signing. Newton can then make an additional $6.5 million in incentives and rosters bonuses. If his Instagram post from Thursday is any indication, Newton is not worried about his paycheck.

“Its not alot of things money can’t buy, but amongst the top of that list of things, you would find RESPECT as one of those!” Newton wrote in his trademark font. “THIS IS NOT ABOUT MONEY FOR ME. Its about RESPECT.”

Newton was cut by the Carolina Panthers at a terrible time, as the quarterback market was oversaturated this offseason and there were several starting-caliber QBs available. Because of that and his injury history, there were no guaranteed starting jobs available for Newton. One report claims the Patriots were the only team to make Newton an offer, though that is likely because he informed teams he was unwilling to lock himself into a backup role. The 31-year-old probably could have made slightly more as a backup somewhere, but he’ll have a chance to earn a starting job in New England.

The goal for Newton will be to prove he can remain healthy and still play at a high level. If he does that, his next deal will be much more lucrative. It’s worth noting that the Patriots get to decide whether or not he becomes a free agent next year, but Newton is hoping to make that decision a difficult one for his new team.

Video: Antonio Brown works out with Russell Wilson

Antonio Brown

The Seattle Seahawks have been mentioned as a possible suitor for Antonio Brown when the star receiver finally learns his fate from the NFL, and Brown will have a head start on working with Russell Wilson if the team does eventually sign him.

On Wednesday, Brown shared a clip on Instagram of him running routes and catching passes from Wilson. Brown captioned the video, “Who would like to see this on Sundays?”

The Seahawks are expected to have one of their better receiving corps of the Russell Wilson era in 2020. Tyler Lockett has 18 touchdown catches over the past two years and is coming off a season in which he caught a career-high 82 passes for 1,057 yards. DK Metcalf is poised for a breakout sophomore year after he became one of Wilson’s go-to targets down the stretch as a rookie.

Obviously, adding Brown to the mix would make the group that much more dangerous. There have been rumblings that the Seahawks will look to add another top receiver, and Brown could fill that role.

Brown is still awaiting word from the NFL on a possible suspension, however. The league has investigated the sexual misconduct allegations against him from two different women in addition to other off-field problems the 31-year-old has had. Brown is basically in limbo until the NFL announces a disciplinary decision.

AJ Bouye describes awful environment in final years with Jaguars

It’s no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars were a mess in 2019, but A.J. Bouye makes it sound like one of the worst environments he’d been in during his NFL career.

The veteran cornerback was traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason, and reflected a bit on his time in Jacksonville. His description of his final two years there after the Jaguars’ trip to the 2018 AFC Championship game is a brutal one, from players not getting along to what he described as “the Tom Coughlin thing.”

“I just never was a part of something like that,” Bouye told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “Being in Houston before that and even seeing how the guys in Denver just gelling together with the chemistry between the players and the coaches. It was just something different and I didn’t know how to handle that. … It was so many things. From fighting in the locker room and disagreements to people wanting to be gone, I’ve just never seen that before.”

The fall of the Jaguars after that title game appearance was really remarkable. Bringing in Coughlin as the team’s executive vice president was a disaster, as he clashed with players so much that the NFLPA actually warned players against playing for the franchise while he was running it. Add in a dysfunctional locker room and it’s no wonder the Jaguars have won just 11 games since the end of the 2017 season.

Bouye was traded to the Broncos in March. After all that happened in Jacksonville, it’s understandable why he’d be thrilled with the move.

AFC coach says Patriots ‘love’ Jarrett Stidham, could start him over Cam Newton

Many feel that the New England Patriots reestablished themselves as the strongest team in the AFC East when they signed Cam Newton on Sunday, but one rival coach seems to think there’s a chance Newton won’t even enter the season as a starting quarterback.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini said Wednesday that she spoke with an AFC East head coach who does not think Newton will have a strong enough grasp of New England’s offense to start in Week 1. The coach also said he knows for a fact that the Patriots “love” Jarrett Stidham.

It seems unlikely that Newton would have signed with the Patriots if he was not given assurances he would be able to compete for a starting job. While New England was reportedly the only team to make him an offer, that was probably the result of Newton’s camp telling teams the former NFL MVP does not want to sign somewhere and be locked into a backup role.

Still, it would not be a shock if Bill Belichick is planning to give Stidham a fair shot. With the offseason already being shortened, Newton will have far less time to learn New England’s offense. He’s also coming off foot surgery, so there are questions about his health. Stidham is in his second year with the Patriots and had a full season to learn under Tom Brady as a rookie.

Judging by the excitement Julian Edelman shared on social media, our best guess would be that Newton is going to start if he’s healthy. That doesn’t mean the Patriots are ready to give up on Stidham, however. The former Auburn star is just 23, and Newton is only signed for one year. While New England will have the option of keeping Newton on the roster in 2021, it’s possible they still envision Stidham being their quarterback of the future.

Chiefs’ Chris Jones threatens to sit out season over contract situation

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is in the middle of a contract standoff with the Kansas City Chiefs and threatening to sit out the season.

Jones was a second-round pick by the Chiefs in 2016 and originally signed a 4-year, $6.23 million deal that he has fulfilled. The former Mississippi State defensive lineman had 15.5 sacks in 2018 and nine last season and vastly outperformed his rookie deal.

KC franchise-tagged Jones, and he hasn’t signed his tender yet. On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said Jones deserves a contract extension but doesn’t expect one to happen. Jones responded on Twitter and threatened not to play like Le’Veon Bell.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season over a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers and never signed his franchise tag tender. He ended up signing with the Jets in the offseason for the kind of guaranteed money he was seeking.

The Chiefs have not had much movement in contract talks with Jones because they likely do not want to commit a certain amount of money to him based on the current market when they anticipate the salary cap and league revenues dropping in the immediate future. They also have a contract with Patrick Mahomes to eventually work out.

If Jones were to skip the season, he would be passing up $16.1 million from the franchise tag, which is more than two and a half times his career earnings thus far. But he has been playing hardball all offseason long, so you can’t put anything past him.

Marv Albert will not be part of NBA bubble due to coronavirus concerns

Marv Albert

Marv Albert is a familiar voice for NBA fans when he calls national TV games, but he won’t be broadcasting during the NBA’s restarted season in Orlando.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported on Tuesday that Albert will not be a part of the NBA’s bubble due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Albert is 79, which puts him in an age group that is considered to be at a higher risk for adverse consequences if they get the virus.

Albert told Marchand he was excited about participating until he saw the cases in Florida rise, which gave him second thoughts.

Marchand says that 86-year-old Hubie Brown, who is part of ESPN’s game broadcasts, will also likely not be a part of the bubble.

Kevin Harlan, Ian Eagle and Brian Anderson are Turner’s other NBA play-by-play voices. Harlan is regarded as the No. 2 announcer behind Albert. National announcers are expected to be on-site to broadcast the games during the restarted season, which begins in July.

Tom Brady had funny reaction to Julian Edelman welcoming Cam Newton to Patriots

Tom Brady

Tom Brady chose to leave Julian Edelman behind when the six-time Super Bowl champion signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the New England Patriots may have helped Edelman move on more quickly by signing Cam Newton. Dare we say Brady is a tad jealous?

Edelman welcomed Newton to the Patriots with a very clever Instagram post on Tuesday. While Brady is the one who chose to sign with a new team rather than remaining with Edelman, seeing his ex with a new flame may have bothered No. 12 a bit.

Brady and Edelman have had one of the strongest bromances in sports over the years. There was speculation that Edelman might even want out of New England after Brady signed with the Bucs, but apparently Edelman is ready to prove he can perform at a high level without his buddy. Depending upon how things go this season, perhaps Brady will be the one missing Edelman and not the other way around.