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As expected, Panthers exercise 2015 option on Cam Newton

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The Panthers won the NFC South and advanced to the playoffs with Cam Newton leading their offense last season, so it stands to reason that they aren’t in any hurry to find a new quarterback to run the show.

On Thursday, they assured that they’ll have Newton on the roster through at least the 2015 season. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the team has officially exercised their option on Newton’s contract for the 2015 season.

Should Newton play out the 2015 season under his current deal, he’ll make over $14.6 million in his fifth NFL campaign. Chances are that he and the Panthers will be talking about a contract that extends well beyond that season over the next year-plus as the 2011 first-round pick has shown continual improvement since his rookie year and has room to grow a few weeks before his 25th birthday.

Now the Panthers can turn their attention toward getting Newton and the rest of the offense the help at receiver and offensive line that they’ll need to make last year’s playoff berth a regular occurrence in Charlotte.

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20 Responses to “As expected, Panthers exercise 2015 option on Cam Newton”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 24, 2014 5:27 PM

    Reason they’re in the position they are now is that they blew their budget propping Newton up during his first three seasons.

  2. thepftpoet says: Apr 24, 2014 5:28 PM

    The Glory Days are coming back to Minnesota.

    Teddy Bridgewater will be the best QB since Aaron Rodgers.

    We will be in competition for the Lombardi for the next decade.

  3. abfox112 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:33 PM

    If we don’t get that O line tuned up he may not be around to see a long term contract.

  4. andrewluck12 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    Good for him. I really like cam. I thought for sure the guy was gonna be a bust but I’ll admit I was wrong

  5. staffordsyear says: Apr 24, 2014 5:45 PM

    Tough situation to be in, hes not really that good but not bad enough to be call a bust..yet.

  6. corkspop says: Apr 24, 2014 5:46 PM

    At least the Panthers are settled at QB. Good back-up, too.

  7. halfcentaur says: Apr 24, 2014 5:46 PM

    Cam is going from a boy playing a mans game to a man mastering his craft. I’m real excited to watch him lead this team for years to come, and especially if (or when) the Panthers can nab a couple WRs in the draft (Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Paul Richardson, Davante Adams, Jordan Matthews, those 2 LSU kids, etc) then he will have his young receivers to grow with moving forward. And this years draft is rich with talented high potential WRs. Go Panthers!

  8. ravenswhat says: Apr 24, 2014 5:47 PM

    This guy is a loser. Chewing his gum pouting like a child on the sideline. Steve Smith must’ve hated this cat.

  9. qdog112 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:54 PM

    Guess Nate can stop …loosening up his arm.

  10. smstonerock says: Apr 24, 2014 6:10 PM

    Straight forward question…I’ve seen a lot of articles lately about whether this team or that team did or did not pick up so and so’s option. But they’re talking about players that have 1 guaranteed year on their contract. Is there some sort of deadline where they have to make that decision right now? Why can’t they let them play this year and then decide?

  11. firstclasspack says: Apr 24, 2014 6:51 PM

    I didn’t watch much of Cam Newton until last season when I had him on my fantasy team. The thing is….that look that everyone sees of him with the towel over his head sitting on the sideline by himself…..he does that after pretty much every possession good or bad so it’s not pouting, it’s just his routine. He keeps his emotions in check pretty well, a lot like Eli Manning. He never got too excited or too upset. I was very impressed watching him last season.

  12. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:00 PM

    i kinda like what the panthers are doing down there in charlotte now that steve smith is gone.

  13. navigator24 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:19 PM

    WHO is going to catch the ball for Cam Newton during these contract negotiations? hmmmm, coincidence??? I don’t think so

  14. gsyl says: Apr 24, 2014 7:57 PM

    The guy broke a ton of records as an NFL rookie and never had much talent around him. He can throw and run and he’s durable. Like a Moon and McNab hybrid. Get him some WRs and he’ll thrive.

  15. bassplucker says: Apr 24, 2014 8:55 PM

    Still not convinced he was worth the #1 overall pick… but he’s done a lot better than I thought he would. Some of the criticism he takes about his behavior reminds me a lot of what Jay Cutler has dealt with his whole career. Not every QB is gonna have that “perfect” temperament but what matters in the end is results. And I think Cam and Cutler are both in for really big years.

  16. vikingspride says: Apr 24, 2014 9:28 PM

    Why don’t they exercise their option to get Cam some receivers? This guy is a QB after all or have the Panthers forgotten that.

  17. darrellpotts2014 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:14 PM

    I remember the days without Cam Newton…these days surely feel better. We have to retain him and Luke long term. This will give us the time to do that. We do a great job of developing our rookies in recent years. So if we continue there will be constant growth. That is all we have seen the Ron/Cam era.

  18. huskywolverine says: Apr 24, 2014 10:41 PM

    Stand up if you were in the “The Panthers should take Gabbert over Newton” camp. There were a lot of them…(paging Mike Mayock).

  19. osubrndn says: Apr 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    i’m not a panther fan by any means, but something about cam newton excites me and i like watching him play n will go out of my way to see how he does

  20. cursedvikings1998 says: Apr 25, 2014 2:10 AM

    LOL!!!! Every other team in the NFC just got a little stronger through 2015.

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