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Here are the NFL quarterbacks who will get paid more than Cam Newton in 2020

Sporting News — (Tadd Haislop)

Shortly after news broke that Cam Newton was signing a one-year contract with the Patriots for 2020, we compared the situation to that of the Titans and Ryan Tannehill last year. Like Tennessee did, New England is making a low-risk move in signing a 31-year-old passer to a team-friendly deal.

So Newton can look to the Tannehill saga as a best-case scenario after apparently folding in what otherwise was a fruitless free agency market and signing such a cheap contract with the Patriots.

Tannehill, who also had signed a one-year deal, ended up earning just $5.425 million in cold hard cash last season while he displaced Marcus Mariota as the starting quarterback and helped the Titans reach the AFC championship game. In 2020, after signing a four-year extension, Tannehill will earn $37.5 million in cash from Tennessee.

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Despite the injury issues that placed Newton in his current situation, he has a league MVP award on his resume, which is the reason people like 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman are baffled as to why the quarterback will make so little in his 10th NFL season.

Also mind-boggling is the amount of NFL quarterbacks who could end up making more money than Newton will from his new team in 2020.

How much is Cam Newton's Patriots contract worth?

The specifics of Newton's one-year contract with the Patriots are not yet known, but multiple reports have indicated it's a minimum deal with incentives to be earned. According to NFL Media, those incentives could push Newton's earnings up to a maximum of $7.5 million if he hits them.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement that was reached earlier this year, players with seven or more years of experience will have a minimum salary of $1.05 million in 2020.

Based on the maximum figure of $7.5 million for Newton in 2020, a total of 23 quarterbacks will make more cash from their teams this year. It's worth noting that the list will grow once Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert sign their rookie contracts with the Bengals and Chargers, respectively.

NFL QBs who will make more than Cam Newton in 2020

(2020 total cash figures via Spotrac)

RankingPlayerTeamTotal cash in 2020
1.Russell WilsonSeahawks$53 million
2.Kirk CousinsVikings$40 million
3.Carson WentzEagles$39.383 million
4.Ryan TannehillTitans$37.5 million
5.Dak PrescottCowboys$31.409 million
6.Jared GoffRams$31.043 million
7.Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers$26 million
8.Jimmy Garoppolo49ers$25.2 million
T9.Tom BradyBuccaneers$25 million
T9.Drew BreesSaints$25 million
T9.Philip RiversColts$25 million
12.Teddy BridgewaterPanthers$24 million
13.Aaron RodgersPackers$21.55 million
14.Matt RyanFalcons$20.5 million
15.Tua TagovailoaDolphins$20.189 million
16.Derek CarrRaiders$19 million
17.Alex SmithRedskins$16 million
18.Jacoby BrissettColts$15.875 million
19.Marcus MariotaRaiders$9.125 million
20.Taysom HillSaints$8.841 million
21.Matthew StaffordLions$8.3 million
T22.Ryan FitzpatrickDolphins$8 million
T22.Nick FolesBears$8 million

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Again, the $7.5 million for 2020 is a reported maximum for Newton. If he doesn't hit all of his incentives, he could drop even lower on the list of highest-paid NFL quarterbacks for 2020.

Below are all of the NFL quarterbacks who will make more than $1.05 million (the veteran minimum for which Newton reportedly signed) in cash for 2020. Total cash figures for 2020 again are courtesy of Spotrac.

NFL QBs who could make more than Cam Newton in 2020

RankingPlayerTeamTotal cash in 2020
24.Case KeenumBrowns$5.5 million
25.Tyrod TaylorChargers$5 million
26.Mitchell TrubiskyBears$4.514 million
27.A.J. McCarronTexans$4 million
28.Baker MayfieldBrowns$3.541 million
29.Chase DanielLions$3.5 million
30.Sam DarnoldJets$3.32 million
31.Andy DaltonCowboys$3 million
32.Jameis WinstonSaints$2.86 million
33.Patrick MahomesChiefs$2.795 million
34.Jeff DriskelBroncos$2.5 million
35.Josh AllenBills$2.496 million
36.Deshaun WatsonTexans$2.354 million
37.Colt McCoyGiants$2.25 million
38.Kyler MurrayCardinals$2.183 million
39.Josh RosenDolphins$2.17 million
40.Nathan PetermanRaiders$2.133 million
T41.Chad HenneChiefs$2 million
T41.Nate SudfieldEagles$2 million
T41.Robert Griffin IIIRavens$2 million
T41.Matt SchaubFalcons$2 million
45.Matt BarkleyBills$1.825 million
46.Daniel JonesGiants$1.752 million
47.Ryan GriffinBuccaneers$1.645 million
48.Jacob EasonColts$1.342 million
49.Lamar JacksonRavens$1.341 million
50.Joe FlaccoJets$1.275 million
51.Cooper RushGiants$1.252 million
T52.Blaine GabbertBuccaneers$1.188 million
T52.Geno SmithSeahawks$1.188 million
54.Mike GlennonJaguars$1.162 million
55.Dwayne HaskinsRedskins$1.15 million

Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson obviously won't rank so low in cash flow for long, as all three will sign massive contract extensions in the near future. Mahomes surely will become the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

How Newton's incentives are structured by the Patriots — and therefore what it will take for him to climb the 2020 quarterback cash flow ladder — is unclear. Most incentives in player contracts are tied to both individual (amount of starts, etc.) and team (playoff berth, etc.) success.