Patriots name Mac Jones the starting quarterback after Cam Newton is released by the Patriots
According to league sources, the Patriots released quarterback Cam Newton Tuesday. Rookie Mac Jones will take over as the starter.
Newton missed three days last week of practice due to COVID protocols. He was presumed to be the starting quarterback during training camp and the Patriots three preseason games. The Patriots will instead draft Jones, who was drafted by the Patriots in the first round in April from Alabama.
Jones completed the exhibition season with 36 of 52 yards for 388 yards and one score. However, Jones was diplomatic when asked about his starting job following Sunday’s win over the Giants.
“I have had many opportunities to play and can continue to improve my skills.” Jones stated that he has made significant progress by listening to Josh McDaniels and learning from Brian [Hoyer], Jarrett [Stidham], and any other coach I can. “But, honestly speaking, today is the most important thing.”
The Patriots signed Newton to a 1-year contract with them that would be worth up to $13.6 million. According to a copy of Newton’s contract, $3.5 million was not fully guaranteed. His salary cap was $5.4 million.
Newton was awarded a $2,000,000 signing bonus and a $1.5 million fully guaranteed base salary. Newton also received a $100,000 offseason training bonus. He could have earned up to $1.5million in per-game roster bonuses (over 88,000 for each game he plays).