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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Glad to see the NFL still hasn't cleared up this guranteed money to unproven players.  Can anyone else see Jamarcus Russell part 2 coming to a stadium near you. At least he's not taking a pay cut to leave Auburn early.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Raiderduck. Wonder why YOU hate Cam. Oh yeah. Your post is utterly pointless.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:56 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

100% chance he becomes the Chris Webber of the NFL ... great highlights, great sound bites, maybe dates a model or two, guaranteed broadcast career, exotic Art collection, but ... NO RINGS !!!

The problem with that is that Webber actually had talent. I don't think Newton has that. I think he is really going to struggle playing QB in the NFL. He is going to be at all the photo shoots and won't actually learn the huge playbook which he will have trouble understanding anyway. You better keep the game plan simple like it was at Auburn. He said himself that an example of one of the plays they ran was "33". That does
not sound like an NFL play to me. 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:47 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

NOW he doesnt have to steal laptops anymore. Glad to see panthers matched Auburns offer.


Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:40 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

NOW he doesnt have to steal laptops anymore. Glad to see panthers matched Auburns offer. 

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:28 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Everyone needs to remember, Cam's not going to go hungry.  You count in his endorsements (like UA) and he's going to be better than fine.  I mean really, he's going to earn more than Bradford over the course of the next few years (if he doesn't JaMarcus Russell himself out of the league) so I don't think he's sweating his contract much.   I truly believe the rookie salary cap should have been stricter, but I applaud this resolution at least!  YAY!

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:15 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Eh, he'll do fine. He's a physically gifted as Vince Young, and a hell of a lot smarter. LOL. Apparently, his teammates have been impressed with the guy's work ethic, which is something no one ever said about Vince.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:00 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

Now that Cam can cash his first NFL paychecks, it'll be easier for daddy to wash the $180,000 he got from Auburn boosters.   It'll be hard for the NCAA to prove anything now based a new car, house, and/or possessions Cam or daddy will soon have.  I'm sure daddy sat on the cash and didn't go around spending the bulk of it since the SEC investigation started soon after Cam signed with Auburn and not Mississipi St.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:45 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:44 pm

Cam Newton signs $22M guaranteed contract

I sincerely feel bad for Cam Newton and his fellow SEC brethren.  With the newly instituted rookie salary cap numbers, most of the kids coming from this conference will now have to take pay cuts to enter the NFL.

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