It’s a low-risk, very high reward contract for New England, while a “prove-it” contract for Newton. He’ll have the ability to earn up to $700K in per-game roster bonuses as well as an additional $5.75M in performance incentives, but the Patriots are only guaranteeing Newton $550K this season. If Newton can prove himself as a starting quarterback this season after battling foot and shoulder injuries the past couple years, he’s likely to be in for a big payday in free agency next offseason. While many may look at the guaranteed money and think the former 2015 MVP got the short end of the stick, the fact of the matter is his services weren’t in high demand and the Patriots kept it under wraps that they were interested in signing Newton. It’s to be determined if he’s healthy and will start for the Patriots, but one would have to believe he’ll be given the nod as the starter given his career accolades in the NFL.