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Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:16 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton, the Panthers No. 1-overall draft pick, has signed his contract, and will make more than $22 million over four years, all of which is guaranteed.

Bus Cook, Newton's agent, told the The Associated Press via a text message Friday night that the deal was for four years and "$22 million-plus."

That's according to our Carolina Rapid Reporter Steve Reed, who cites a source close to the negotiations.

Newton, who played one year at Auburn before turning pro, will make substantially less than last year's top pick, Sam Bradford made. Like, a lot less: Bradford signed a deal for $78 million over six years.

But that money, freed up by new CBA rules governing rookie salaries, also allowed the Panthers to go out and sign some of their bigger names -- Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams -- in free agency.

Newton was seen Friday evening driving into the back lot of the Richardson Physical Activities Building and entering the offices that serve as team headquarters for Carolina's training camp at Wofford College.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had said earlier Friday that he expected the former Auburn quarterback to be at Wofford when Carolina held its first practice session on Saturday. Also earlier Friday, general manager Marty Hurney said the sides were making good progress on an agreement.
Free Agency Frenzy

It's a testament to Jerry Richardson's involvement with the CBA that Carolina was able to pull off such moves; it's highly unlikely he would have drafted Newton if he'd thought that the quarterback would make the type of money that previous top-selected quarterbacks did.

Instead, the Panthers were able to not only pick up a potential franchise quarterback -- who, admittedly, has boom-or-bust potential -- but also reload their roster with the top talent that appeared to be headed elsewhere.

That might not ease the pain of losing $30 million in guaranteed money for Newton, but it'll at least ease his transition into the NFL.

"I don't think it's going to be a problem for me. I think it's just timing more than anything," Newton said last May. "Just repetition as far as me knowing what I have to do, knowing the assignment, the alignment and what everybody's doing on that particular play."

Newton has had Chudzinski's playbook since April 29, when a judge temporarily lifted the lockout. Panthers receiver Steve Smith said he was impressed with Newton's skills he saw during private workouts the two have had before labor peace was reached.

Another Panthers rookie from Auburn, receiver Darvin Adams, called Newton a "natural born leader."

Newton will be looked at to bring stability to a position where the Panthers struggled greatly last season. Carolina was last in several NFL categories and finished with the fewest points in team history.

Rivera said Newton would battle for the starting job with the quarterbacks in camp, last year's starter Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike. General manager Marty Hurney didn't rule out bringing a veteran quarterback to add depth during camp.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:31 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I've seen plenty of world wide web logs and I can really a number of enough state that this 1 distinct is my front runner .

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:01 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Again I have to point out that the Panthers spent over a hundred million dollars in guaranteed money on four players: a 28 year-old runningback, a one-year wonder at defensive end, a rookie fullback/quarterback who has never played in a pro-system (see Tebow), and a good middle-linebacker (but not the best).

That is a lot eggs in one basket is all I'm saying.  A couple of injuries could bankrupt the Panthers.

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:39 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

22 million wasted yet again, well maybe after he's washed up in 3 years he'll use that money to go back to school to learn how to talk. No pun on race he misspoke in an interveiw on nfl network sounded retarded. Also fixin the deformed ear on his left side of his face would be the best start for his career cause he'll suck just like Jamarcus and Young!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:58 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

We can all speculate about what Cam will do in the NFL. He did well in college and some that he learned in college  might be transferred to the NFL level.

We will find out if he has an NFL arm or is still throwing on the college level. The NFL has faster linemen and ends that could make it difficult for him. He will have to learn to read the defense and allow his reads to work for him. If he read wrong he will not be in the NFL long and will be sent packing.

With the amount of money he is getting he will start by the third game if not declared the starter on opening day.

Or team threw our quarterback, Freeman, to the wolves in his rookie season, some where around the third  game of the season. He did very well and lead our team to a lash of getting into the playoffs last season.

I do think he might be better than some that the posters are comparing him with, even though he did not play in a pro style offense at Auburn.

He will have to learn, as Vick did, that the run first mentality is not what a NFL quarterback would do. If he take this attitude his stay in the NFL would be short lived.

He did get a pay increase from his playing days at Auburn.


Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:27 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I wonder if his Dad negotiated the deal.  POS cheater.  No respect here.

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