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.IYER: Breaking down Patriots’ new QB situationDespite 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 20201.Russell WilsonSeahawks$53 million2.Kirk CousinsVikings$40 million3.Carson WentzEagles$39.383 million4.Ryan TannehillTitans$37.5 million5.Dak PrescottCowboys$31.409 million6.Jared GoffRams$31.043 million7.Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers$26 million8.Jimmy Garoppolo49ers$25.2 millionT9.Tom BradyBuccaneers$25 millionT9.Drew BreesSaints$25 millionT9.Philip RiversColts$25 million12.Teddy BridgewaterPanthers$24 million13.Aaron RodgersPackers$21.55 million14.Matt RyanFalcons$20.5 million15.Tua TagovailoaDolphins$20.189 million16.Derek CarrRaiders$19 million17.Alex SmithRedskins$16 million18.Jacoby BrissettColts$15.875 million19.Marcus MariotaRaiders$9.125 million20.Taysom HillSaints$8.841 million21.Matthew StaffordLions$8.3 millionT22.Ryan FitzpatrickDolphins$8 millionT22.Nick FolesBears$8 millionBENDER: Why Newton improves Pats’ title chancesAgain, 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. 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. 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 2020RankingPlayerTeamTotal cash in 202024.Case KeenumBrowns$5.5 million25.Tyrod TaylorChargers$5 million26.Mitchell TrubiskyBears$4.514 million27.A.J. McCarronTexans$4 million28.Baker MayfieldBrowns$3.541 million29.Chase DanielLions$3.5 million30.Sam DarnoldJets$3.32 million31.Andy DaltonCowboys$3 million32.Jameis WinstonSaints$2.86 million33.Patrick MahomesChiefs$2.795 million34.Jeff DriskelBroncos$2.5 million35.Josh AllenBills$2.496 million36.Deshaun WatsonTexans$2.354 million37.Colt McCoyGiants$2.25 million38.Kyler MurrayCardinals$2.183 million39.Josh RosenDolphins$2.17 million40.Nathan PetermanRaiders$2.133 millionT41.Chad HenneChiefs$2 millionT41.Nate SudfieldEagles$2 millionT41.Robert Griffin IIIRavens$2 millionT41.Matt SchaubFalcons$2 million45.Matt BarkleyBills$1.825 million46.Daniel JonesGiants$1.752 million47.Ryan GriffinBuccaneers$1.645 million48.Jacob EasonColts$1.342 million49.Lamar JacksonRavens$1.341 million50.Joe FlaccoJets$1.275 million51.Cooper RushGiants$1.252 millionT52.Blaine GabbertBuccaneers$1.188 millionT52.Geno SmithSeahawks$1.188 million54.Mike GlennonJaguars$1.162 million55.Dwayne HaskinsRedskins$1.15 millionPatrick 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.