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

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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.

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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)

Ranking

Player

Team

Total cash in 2020

1.

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

$53 million

2.

Kirk Cousins

Vikings

$40 million

3.

Carson Wentz

Eagles

$39.383 million

4.

Ryan Tannehill

Titans

$37.5 million

5.

Dak Prescott

Cowboys

$31.409 million

6.

Jared Goff

Rams

$31.043 million

7.

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers

$26 million

8.

Jimmy Garoppolo

49ers

$25.2 million

T9.

Tom Brady

Buccaneers

$25 million

T9.

Drew Brees

Saints

$25 million

T9.

Philip Rivers

Colts

$25 million

12.

Teddy Bridgewater

Panthers

$24 million

13.

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

$21.55 million

14.

Matt Ryan

Falcons

$20.5 million

15.

Tua Tagovailoa

Dolphins

$20.189 million

16.

Derek Carr

Raiders

$19 million

17.

Alex Smith

Redskins

$16 million

Ranking

Player

Team

Total cash in 2020

24.

Case Keenum

Browns

$5.5 million

25.

Tyrod Taylor

Chargers

$5 million

26.

Mitchell Trubisky

Bears

$4.514 million

27.

A.J. McCarron

Texans

$4 million

28.

Baker Mayfield

Browns

$3.541 million

29.

Chase Daniel

Lions

$3.5 million

30.

Sam Darnold

Jets

$3.32 million

31.

Andy Dalton

Cowboys

$3 million

32.

Jameis Winston

Saints

$2.86 million

33.

Patrick Mahomes

Chiefs

$2.795 million

34.

Jeff Driskel

Broncos

$2.5 million

35.

Josh Allen

Bills

$2.496 million

36.

Deshaun Watson

Texans

$2.354 million

37.

Colt McCoy

Giants

$2.25 million

38.

Kyler Murray

Cardinals

$2.183 million

39.

Josh Rosen

Dolphins

$2.17 million

40.

Nathan Peterman

Raiders

$2.133 million

T41.

Chad Henne

Chiefs

$2 million

T41.

Nate Sudfield

Eagles

$2 million

T41.

Robert Griffin III

Ravens

$2 million

T41.

Matt Schaub

Falcons

$2 million

45.

Matt Barkley

Bills

$1.825 million

46.

Daniel Jones

Giants

$1.752 million

47.

Ryan Griffin

Buccaneers

$1.645 million

48.

Jacob Eason

Colts

$1.342 million

49.

Lamar Jackson

Ravens

$1.341 million

50.

Joe Flacco

Jets

$1.275 million

51.

Cooper Rush

Giants

$1.252 million

T52.

Blaine Gabbert

Buccaneers

$1.188 million

T52.

Geno Smith

Seahawks

$1.188 million

54.

Mike Glennon

Jaguars

$1.162 million

55.

Dwayne Haskins

Redskins

$1.15 million

40.

Nathan Peterman

Raiders

$2.133 million

18.

Jacoby Brissett

Colts

$15.875 million

19.

Marcus Mariota

Raiders

$9.125 million

20.

Taysom Hill

Saints

$8.841 million

21.

Matthew Stafford

Lions

$8.3 million

T22.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Dolphins

$8 million

T22.

Nick Foles

Bears

$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

17. Alex Smith Redskins $16 million

Ranking

Player

Team

Total cash in 2020

24.

Case Keenum

Browns

$5.5 million

25.

Tyrod Taylor

Chargers

$5 million

26.

Mitchell Trubisky

Bears

$4.514 million

27.

A.J. McCarron

Texans

$4 million

28.

Baker Mayfield

Browns

$3.541 million

29.

Chase Daniel

Lions

$3.5 million

30.

Sam Darnold

Jets

$3.32 million

31.

Andy Dalton

Cowboys

$3 million

32.

Jameis Winston

Saints

$2.86 million

33.

Patrick Mahomes

Chiefs

$2.795 million

34.

Jeff Driskel

Broncos

$2.5 million

35.

Josh Allen

Bills

$2.496 million

36.

Deshaun Watson

Texans

$2.354 million

37.

Colt McCoy

Giants

$2.25 million

38.

Kyler Murray

Cardinals

$2.183 million

39.

Josh Rosen

Dolphins

$2.17 million

40.

Nathan Peterman

Raiders

$2.133 million

T41.

Chad Henne

Chiefs

$2 million

T41.

Nate Sudfield

Eagles

$2 million

T41.

Robert Griffin III

Ravens

$2 million

T41.

Matt Schaub

Falcons

$2 million

45.

Matt Barkley

Bills

$1.825 million

46.

Daniel Jones

Giants

$1.752 million

47.

Ryan Griffin

Buccaneers

$1.645 million

48.

Jacob Eason

Colts

$1.342 million

49.

Lamar Jackson

Ravens

$1.341 million

50.

Joe Flacco

Jets

$1.275 million

51.

Cooper Rush

Giants

$1.252 million

T52.

Blaine Gabbert

Buccaneers

$1.188 million

T52.

Geno Smith

Seahawks

$1.188 million

54.

Mike Glennon

Jaguars

$1.162 million

55.

Dwayne Haskins

Redskins

$1.15 million

40. Nathan Peterman Raiders $2.133 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.

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