Former Patriots executive gives glimpse into Cam Newton's next contract


Cam Newton potentially signing an extension with the Patriots was one of the storylines with the team this week.

The quarterback only signed a one-year deal and with the way he's played in both games this season, the team could want to lock him up to be its QB of the future.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi was asked what Newton's next deal might look like and he said he's a $25 million/year player.

“I think you would have to do a contract that protects the club from injury and also gives him the flexibility to get the guarantees that he wants," he said. "I think there’s ways to do that. You can injury-guarantee it. … There’s no doubt he’s a [$25 million guy].

“If you’ve got the right guy, you’ve got to do it. It’s called the cost of doing business. You’re not going to get guys to take a discounted deal at that number. Jared Goff is making $33 million, you’re going to get Cam Newton for $8 million less than Jared Goff?”

It's unclear if the Patriots would be willing to pay Newton at that number, but there's plenty of time before next offseason, including 14 more regular-season games.