Panthers Sign Cam Newton to Huge Deal
Not every team has a legit franchise passer in the NFL and the Carolina Panthers recognize that. That’s one main reason why the Panthers made sure they locked their star quarterback up, as the team agreed to terms with Cam Newton on a massive six-year contract extension.
Newton’s new deal adds five extra years to his deal and is worth up to $103.8 million. The new contract gives the 26-year old dual threat roughly $60 million guaranteed and $67.6 million over the first three seasons.
It’s an earned pay day for one of the league’s brightest talents under center, and arguably the NFL’s top dual threat passer. Newton has proven his worth in just four NFL seasons, as he took the league by storm as a rookie and has since helped the Panthers to two straight NFC South division titles and subsequent playoff appearances.
Newton braved numerous injuries and a lack of supporting talent on offense to push Carolina into the playoffs a year ago, and even returned from a car crash near the end of the year to lead his team.
While Newton still has some work to do in terms of accuracy and decision-making, he’s largely been productive and efficient. Newton wasn’t at his best in 2014, but was still able to put up over 20 total touchdowns and less than 13 interceptions for the third year in a row.
There’s no telling what the future holds for the Panthers, but keeping Newton around as their franchise passer qualifies as a necessary and sound decision. With Kelvin Benjamin and now Devin Funchess added to the team over the past two drafts, the Panthers have now surrounded Newton with enough talent to help get Carolina to the next level. The rest may fall on whether or not Newton can execute when it matters most in the playoffs, but the Panthers clearly feel he’s the man for the job.
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