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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: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:05 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

You bloggers out there who are dis-sing Cam Newton should please understand this.  The guy is 6-5 and 250 pounds. He has 4.6 to 4.7 40 yard speed.  He has shown that he is durable on the field.  Really, from what I saw last year, he was a man against children on the NCAA football field.  Honestly, I believe he could get away with running the ball 30ish times a game for even 3.5 yards per carry and only have to throw less than 10 times per and win in the NFL.  The games would be boring but there were several games last year that were won with similar numbers.  Maybe the quarterback didn't run it 30 times, but hopefully you get my point.  The thing about Newton is his size and athletic ability.  If it's not at QB, then he'll make it as a tight-end or a split-end or even an H-back; and maybe at running back.  The thing is one way or another Newton will not be a bust and he will fit in at some position and prove himself in the NFL.  Let's give the guy a chance at the very least before we bury him in the ground.  As always Live well and safe journey.
You guys that are drinking the Cam kool-aid should please understand this.  He is a faster Jamarcus Russel with a weaker arm, but essentially the same player.  They both used superior size to dominate in college.  At the NFL level that advantage is negated, and you are simply left with a guy who has thrown the ball maybe 8 times a game in college who relied more on the surprise factor (wow, he didn't run!) than accuracy to make those completions.  I will say this, I don't think Cam will end up guzzling the cough syrup.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

The Panthers have shelled out over a hundred million dollars in guaranteed money in just under three days on only 4 players that include: a 28 year-old running back (though they have two other identical style runningbacks already), a defensive end with just one good year, a rookie fullback playing quarterback, and an admittedly good middle linebacker (but not the best though he is now the highest paid).

They will be paying those bills for a long, long time.  Remember, guaranteed money means if all 4 get hurt, the Panthers are still shelling out over 100 million dollars.  Wow.

Maybe some karma for how their jackhole owner acted during the lockout, the same guy who complained aboit spending too much lol.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I swear every year the media picks a QB in the draft they hate and the sheep all pile on about it.  Last year was Tebow obviously, prior to that was Sanchez, and I remember VY before that and I know there have been others.

Alternately the media generally pick a "darling" that they hype up, this darling generally fails.  It has been Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn in very recent memory.  They have already hung their hats on Luck for next year and that is a good indication he will stink too.



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

You bloggers out there who are dis-sing Cam Newton should please understand this.  The guy is 6-5 and 250 pounds. He has 4.6 to 4.7 40 yard speed.  He has shown that he is durable on the field.  Really, from what I saw last year, he was a man against children on the NCAA football field.  Honestly, I believe he could get away with running the ball 30ish times a game for even 3.5 yards per carry and only have to throw less than 10 times per and win in the NFL.  The games would be boring but there were several games last year that were won with similar numbers.  Maybe the quarterback didn't run it 30 times, but hopefully you get my point.  The thing about Newton is his size and athletic ability.  If it's not at QB, then he'll make it as a tight-end or a split-end or even an H-back; and maybe at running back.  The thing is one way or another Newton will not be a bust and he will fit in at some position and prove himself in the NFL.  Let's give the guy a chance at the very least before we bury him in the ground.  As always Live well and safe journey.




Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Better version of Tim Tebow...just say'n



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Want to bet $22M he "doesn't make it"? I didn't think so.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Sure he is, and in 10 years he like all the rest will be crying to Bryant Gumble on real sports about how he blew it...He won't make it. 



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

The poster child for how not to live , just another POS cheater....SAD.  Bet your fathers church is getting a cut, like at Auburn... 




Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I hear his daddy negotiated a good chunk of that. Wonder how much longer until we hear about what it will cost to shed that salary.


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