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Cam Newton not thinking holdout

Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick AP

The Panthers have made it clear Cam Newton’s their franchise quarterback.

And even though there’s nothing new on the contract that will keep him there for the long-term, he’s not even thinking about putting pressure on them to do so sooner.

Newton, appearing with our own Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show, said there was no chance he’d hold out on the Panthers in hopes of exerting pressure on the team to do a new deal.

“Absolutely not,” he replied.

While Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he wouldn’t rule out a holdout, Newton said the leadership burden of his position made his status different.

“I think our positions are completely different,” Newton said of Peterson. “Being the leader of this team, I don’t think that would be a good look for me. Not taking anything away from Patrick, he’s an unbelievable player, and an elite corner in the league. But there’s some things cornerbacks can do that quarterbacks can’t.

“I’m not worried about contract discussions right now. My main focus is just becoming the better player I can become.”

That’s good news for the Panthers, who are trying to add stability this offseason. They’ve already extended coach Ron Rivera, and are trying to hang onto as much of the young core that went 12-4 last season. Newton said he wasn’t concerned with contract talks at the moment, saying he was more worried about getting better as a player now that fellow youngster Russell Wilson was celebrating a Super Bowl win.

“I don’t think that’s my main focus right now,” Newton said of contractual matters. “My main focus is trying to become a better player. I think Russell Wilson put a lot of pressure on young quarterbacks, but needless to say, we don’t have that fallback answer no more. We’re no longer young quarterbacks.

“Going into my fourth year, I want to make that leap, make that stride to be a marquee quarterback in this league.”

And doing so means being there from Day 1, and not letting business get in the way of his football.

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29 Responses to “Cam Newton not thinking holdout”
  1. thepftpoet says: Feb 17, 2014 12:27 PM

    Being a Minnesota Vikings fan is something you’re born into.

    Sort of like being an heir for a King of a great country.

    Except Viking fans are way more intelligent, classy and good looking.

  2. druhlman says: Feb 17, 2014 12:31 PM

    Man that interview prolly killed Ditka what with the backwards hat and the shades on Kaps…

  3. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 17, 2014 12:35 PM

    “…But now that you mention it”

  4. marcolamorsa says: Feb 17, 2014 12:37 PM

    Good answer

  5. andrewluck12 says: Feb 17, 2014 12:39 PM

    i thought this guy was an overrated bust after his first year. but i’ll admit when i’m wrong and dam it, Cam’s a beast. One of my favorite indiviual players.

  6. lukekuechlyrocks59 says: Feb 17, 2014 12:46 PM

    Sounds like Cam has matured gracefully, and is completely focused on the task at hand. The guy has never had any off the field issues to speak of, and has always shown humility. He’s been nothing short of a human highlight reel in his three seasons as a Panther, and as a Panther fan, I’m very pleased that he’s the player under center. He doesn’t make mistakes very often, makes good decisions while using good vision and instincts, lord knows he can tuck and run with the best of them, and is big enough to get yardage after contact. (I’ve seen him plow through a linebacker more than once, and he has destroyed plenty of corners and safeties). He has more than proven himself worthy of NFL quarteback status, and has earned his “Superman” tag, and also worthy of his trademark touchdown celebration ritual. Cam Newton has been a Superman QB as long as he’s been wearing a Panther uniform, deserves the title, and it would serve all Panther fans well if he continues to wear the silver, teal and black. GOOOO PANTHERS!!!

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:05 PM

    Players should play their contracts, and teams should pay their contracts, unless some event occurs that makes it impossible or impractical. What happened to that?

  8. kwgator says: Feb 17, 2014 1:05 PM

    Maybe someday Cam will catch Tebow in Playoff Wins ….. Maybe

  9. hawksforever says: Feb 17, 2014 1:08 PM

    The annual Vikings cruise is coming up soon!

  10. theparadoxx82 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:08 PM

    See that saints…THATs how you do it

  11. pantherpro says: Feb 17, 2014 1:17 PM

    Cam is already elite and will soon be the best qb in nfl! Charlotte you don’t deserve him as I am sure you would rather have a mediocre white qb judging from comments at Panther home games. You keep it up and he’ll be in NY or Chicago where fans would better appreciate his unbelievable talent! Wake up hillbillies!

  12. qdog112 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    Good response Cam. Now only the most hateful of the haters can make something negative of your position.

    Ready, 5, 4, 3 …

  13. tnaz says: Feb 17, 2014 1:28 PM

    See those 2 guys posing in the pic above? No rings but the backwards hat guy got to the big game at least. Russell Wilson? Nothing like those 2 guys above and he has a ring in his 2nd year. Kaepernick and Newton in year 3 going into 4 and Wilson going into his 3rd year. Wilson just wins and doesn’t act like a punk at times. Kaepernick and Newton still having punk moments. Who would you want leading your team?

  14. rubenxx7 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:28 PM

    Prove it in the post-season.

  15. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Feb 17, 2014 1:32 PM

    We are very familiar with the Vikings cruise here in Carolina. Just ask Steve Smith.

  16. my1voice57 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:33 PM

    I’m proud of Cam and the Panthers organization. Lord knows in the 90’s we had our share of heart-breaking headlines. This QB and organization is a class act and they are progressing nicely. Even if you don’t much care for owner, Jerry Richardson, this team and coaching staff are setting a good example for the rest of the league and I am proud to be a Panther’s fan! GO PANTHERS!!!

  17. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 17, 2014 1:34 PM

    Cam is growing up.

    Why the goofy picture of Kap (not like there are other types), the opposite of maturity?

  18. JackedUpSports says: Feb 17, 2014 2:14 PM

    that’s how it should be answered every time

  19. mackcarrington says: Feb 17, 2014 2:25 PM

    Don’t understand why Kap is getting grief for wearing shades and a backward hat at an appearance for the “Cartoon Network”.

  20. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 17, 2014 2:25 PM

    It’s the right thing to say, but it’s easy for a QB to say he’s not going to hold out. It’s the position that gets taking care of the best in terms of money, garaunteed money, and years.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 17, 2014 2:50 PM

    I just hope the supervisors get those two back onto the bus on time. The cooks hate it when the group is late for meal time.

  22. pongonfl says: Feb 17, 2014 3:04 PM

    Hes coming along. Certainly the team can progress farther before he will be holding them back

  23. sdchicken says: Feb 17, 2014 3:23 PM

    He has really impressed me, especially with the lack of weapons on offense. They need to sign Decker and draft a first or second round WR. My only advice would be to stop celebrating first downs. I like the fire, but the top QBs celebrate winning.

  24. tvjules says: Feb 17, 2014 3:32 PM

    Top QB pick for FF next season!

  25. onbucky96 says: Feb 17, 2014 3:46 PM

    I’ve crushed Cam in the past. Mea Culpa. Seems like dude has it figured out. Now get him a good young WR to team w/Steve Smith and look the hell out.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 17, 2014 4:37 PM

    Where is Nolan Nawrocki when we need him?

  27. jgedgar70 says: Feb 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    I’ve been saying for 4 years now that Cam is the real deal. He got in trouble his freshman year at Florida, but ever since he got to Blinn College he has not run afoul of the law, and has performed on the field at a high level. He was rather pouty his first 2 years in Carolina, but hey, he had not experienced the loss of a game since he was 17, so it was a massive adjustment. He’s finally made that adjustment, accepted the extra pressure the QB faces that other positions don’t, and he’s doing and saying the right things. I think he understands that even if Gettleman called his agent today and said, ‘let’s talk extension,’ it would be for an extension starting in 2015, so he’d make the same money this year either way, so there’s nothing to be gained by holding out.

    He’ll get the extension and he’ll get paid, and I hope he’s a Panther for life.

  28. blackhole7711 says: Feb 18, 2014 3:51 PM

    It’s nice to see a well rounded QB worried more about improving his game and his team then the contract. Good answer, work on your game as well as leading your team and let your agent do the contract negotiations

  29. nflcommissioner says: Feb 19, 2014 1:23 PM

    Spoken like a leader not a cheater.

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