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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.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:35 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I'll tell you exactly how: By being able to get passes down field. The fact is Clausen was scared to death and it showed. Fumbles, picks, he sucked and kept on sucking for 10 games straight. Newton gives them a guy who will at least be able to hold his own physically and be able to buy time and make passes. Jimmy Clausen couldn't.  He'll be able to hit the deep outs with the zip needed, where as Clausen was busy praying he could see far enough down field.  This is a no-brainer. 

As for Tavaris Jackson, where do you see CBS thinking he's a good fit? I looked on his player page and it looks like that's not the case at all. Nor should it be. Now on to Kevin Kolb. I didn't find where CBS said he's risky but if they did - they have a valid point.  He got solid playing time last season and threw 7 td's and also threw 7 int's.  He has 11 td's and 14 int's for his career.  He's an okay passer, but no one can actually say this guy isn't gonna kill his team throwing picks.  Throw in the fact the Cards only have a single target to throw at and you really begin to wonder what's gonna happen.  Tebow.  Really? You have a problem that he's called a risk?  I'm a Broncos fan. Until Tim finds a right foot to match his left foot and stops growing into the Incredible Hulk, he's gonna have throwing issues and be considered "risky". Love him as a warrior on the field though. 

McNabb. Say what you want about him, but his numbers speak far louder than you can scream "black guy".  He and Shananhan clashed and that's the bottom line. He's 34 not 38. He's still got plenty of football in him - and if he doesn't lose his lunch, no one will be laughing in the Metrodome.  I read you post about him. You're so wrong it's ridiculous. 

This isn't Jet Magazine and you're not Rush Limbaugh. But you do a great impression.

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:37 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Proof yet again how ND fans lack the intelligence to understand that their atheletes are average at best.  If Clausen was so great, If he was the future of the team, then why bring in Newton???  Why pay a guy that much to be a backup?  Why???  Because this is yet another case where a ND player gets to the NFL and finds out they are nothing special... to the shock of his former fans.  Maybe if ND players were allowed to play 13 home games in the NFL and pick their opponents THEN they'd have a chance to succeed. 

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:32 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I LOVE the idea of limiting rookie contracts!! ALL that money is guaranteed, so he's still making 22+Million to be an unproven star, that's still VERY good.

Awesome job Goodell, Owners and players coming to this agreement.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:38 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

It's great they've made a deal so fast. Now they can move on to building a team that wins.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:34 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Still lots of money for a rookie.  Just think how many homeless people this amount of money could feel/house.  NFL much different than playing NCAA!

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:17 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

i like this new cba. limiting rookie contracts. im glad to see $cam didnt get some 80 million $ contract.

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Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:03 am
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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:59 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

anyone know a wb site  I can watch the game on they will be blacked out 7 of there 8 home games

Of course they will, lol. 

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:50 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Well , you know if it  were not for the buccaneers signing all there picks , cam would not have a deal  built through draft and always pick early go bucs 6 - 10   anyone know a wb site  I can watch the game on they will be blacked out 7 of there 8 home games . hey bucs you missed the boat on AKers the kicking game is 1/3 of the game , I'am so glad we got a punter

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:01 am

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Question. Why is CBS writes that Kevin Kolb is "risky", and Arizona should "beware"? Why is it that CBS writes Denver is making a huge mistake starting Tim Tebow and trading Kyle Orton? But yet, they say "...Newton will be looked at to bring stability to a position where the Panthers struggled greatly last season." Last season they were saying McNabb was going to save Washington, now CBS writes how wonderful he will be in Minnesota. And Tavaris Jackson is a good fit for Seattle? Say what? Kolb and Tebow are big risks, but Cam Newton isn't? McNabb and Jackson aren't also risky? What's up with that? Ratto, Prisco and Judge have penned articles this week ripping Brett Favre, Troy Polamalu, Kevin Kolb and Tim Tebow. In the same week they have praised McNabb, Jackson, Newton and even Vince Young. Good grief! Is this Jet magazine or CBS Sportsline? How about a little objectivity instead of being down for the struggle. Regardless of what anyone might think about Kolb and Tebow, everyone would have to agree that Cam Newton is perhaps the riskiest player in the draft, and is a huge question mark. Nobody really knows what to expect. And he is going to bring "stability" to Carolina? Please tell me how.

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