Cam Newton says he’s not concerned about his contract


A week after the 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a team-friendly deal, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may have to fend off an effort to get him to accept a similar structure.  Other young franchise quarterbacks may have to do the same thing.

For Newton’s part, he’s not concerned about the issue.  Yet.

Via the team’s official Twitter page, Newton told reporters that he’s focused on recovering from ankle surgery.  He unexpectedly underwent the procedure in March.

It’s my obligation to be 100%,” Newton said.

That attitude meshes with his comments from February, when he said he won’t be staying away from any activities, voluntary or mandatory, in an effort to get a new contract.

Regardless of what Newton wants, agent Bus Cook will have to be willing and able to stop the Panthers from forcing the Kaepernick structure onto Newton.  The easy solution will be to call the Kaepernick deal the aberration that it is.  The more difficult compare-and-contrast will come from pointing to the very real differences between the two players’ abilities, experience, achievements, and leverage.

When it comes to leverage, Newton actually is at a disadvantage, for now.  Kaepernick signed his deal while only one year from free agency.  Newton has two more years under contract.

Ultimately, Newton’s best tactic for avoiding a similar structure to Kaepernick could be declining to talk about a contract until after the 2014 season, if not later.  With millions more in the bank (but not as many as he would have had a year earlier) as the top pick in the draft, Newton doesn’t need the money.  So he can bet on himself over the next two years, forcing the Panthers into a difficult spot come 2016, when they’ll have to decide whether to use the non-exclusive franchise tag and risk losing him to another team (in exchange for two first-round draft picks), to apply the exclusive franchise tag (which on a year-to-year basis entails a salary and a cap number that quickly spiral out of control), or to sign him to a long-term, market-value deal.

So it’s good that Newton isn’t thinking about his contract.  His best play could be to keep it that way for two more seasons.

55 responses to “Cam Newton says he’s not concerned about his contract

  1. Light years ahead of Kraeperpick. Expect a contract in the neighborhood of $150M, $65M guaranteed with no de-escalators. He is Russell Wilson caliber.


  2. Smart move for him. He is apparently maturing and that’s great to see! He needs some playoff success before he can demand high dollar anyway.

  3. Maybe team-friendly deals that still pay athletes millions of dollars to play a game aren’t such a horrible thing? Maybe those types of contracts are, I don’t know… “better for everyone and the game” or something like that?

  4. Fairly telling that the Niners use a quill to sign contracts, while the Panthers use a shotgun.

  5. I wish Andy Dalton would get something similar to Kaepernick. If anyone needs incentives tied to their contract, it’s Andy.

  6. Cam Newton says he’s not concerned about his contract

    Translation: If they’re trying to give me a “Kaepernick” structured contract, I’d rather wait it out and take my chances.

  7. Right…and the Heat aren’t worried that the Spurs will take the NBA championship away from them, either. Give me a break, Cam…

  8. Does anyone really expect him to sign a team-centric deal so they can sign and keep their top talent players, like Kaepernick did?

    He did choose the #1 for a jersey…

  9. I think it’s better for him to press the issue and try to get the team to give him an even more favorable position to be in, waiting would be 2 years of not getting more money out of the team, and if he plays like a superstar he can create yet more leverage again and sooner than if he waits. He could get the cake and a fork and then eat it too, and then get some more cake later.

  10. he’s not worried about a contract from carolina because he’ll never sign one from them. he can’t wait to hit free agency

  11. Gettleman is almost certain to offer Cam a low-ball, off the wall contract. As stated Cam may not be concerned yet, but he will.

    Gettleman will come with an offer, couched in the “good for the team” cloak. Cam should not bite, but get his fair market value – holding out if need be, hitting the FA market if he has to.

    This from a Panthers fan. Noway should Cam allow the “Kaepernick plan” to become the norm for QBs, moving forward. I guarantee that the Colts won’t approach Luck that way.

  12. I have no dog in this hunt (as I’m neither an Auburn or Carolina fan), but if you live anywhere near these parts–Charlotte–it’s obvious that Cam Newton is years ahead of Colin Kaepernick as far as his growth as a QB. Not only is Cam far more consistent and prolific as a passer, he thrives under pressure whereas Kaepernick … to be polite … well … doesn’t.

  13. Newton was picked #1 overall getting paid like a #1 overall pick.
    Kaepernick was getting paid less than the backup Gabbert. This is why the deal was made.
    Cam can wait another year and win to prove he is worth the money.

  14. Cam has good reason to not be worried about his contract. With the current QB salaries, average and above-average guys are getting huge money.

  15. His payday is coming, like it or not. Russell Wilson is on deck.

    Id take either player over any Viking player, ap included. 5-10-1 doesn’t get ya to playoffs

  16. I’m so glad Cam is our franchise quarterback.

    He has proven his critics wrong as usual, and will be paid accordingly. Unlike San Francisco, Carolina actually believes in their quarterback and will pay him.

    FYI…our third string QB Joe Webb is better than the Viking’s roster of quarterbacks. What do you have to say about that!!!

  17. Cam should worry a little bit. The next two seasons aren’t going to be kind to him, statistically, given the absence of NFL-quality receivers on the roster. That lack of quality also means more running plays, and a greater chance of serious injury.

  18. Can Newton/Andy Luck and maybe RG3 if he can stay healthy…Are the Class of these Young QB’s. These guys you can put on a team and immediately changes A Franchise. Russ Wilson And Kap are living off of there Defense. I.e Joe FLacco. Ask Baltimore how that worked out for the when he Broke the Bank and had to rid themselves of their Identity! THE DEFENSE. Put Cam or Luck in Seattle… My Money Say they would have Been in the Super Bowl Last Year. Headed back for a repeat this year.

  19. I’d love to have Cam Newton or Russell Wilson leading my Titans’ offense. But Kaepernick? Are you serious? I’ll take a healthy Jake Locker all day over that guy.

    -Titans Fan

  20. Market forces at work. Kaep’s camp is saying that he’s taking a hit for the team, but he’s getting paid what he’s worth and Newton will be as well.

  21. Did you notice the words he chose about his rehab? “It’s my obligation to be 100%.” You will NEVER hear something like that from Me-First guys like Kaepernick or Bob Griffin.

    I expect him to get an initial offer that is heavily back-loaded, because we are still working our way out of cap jail. I don’t expect it to be exactly like Kaep’s deal, but probably similar. There will be a lengthy negotiation process, but I don’t think it will get ugly and I think he’ll sign a long-term deal. He likes it here, and we have a good team that just needs a few more pieces to be annual Super Bowl contenders.

  22. Love the Kaepernick hate. No one would be talking smack if he wasn’t a superstar. #WeHave5SuperBowls #seattlehas1 #carolinaHas0

  23. no reason to worry.. he was set for life as soon as Pops negotiated his deal with Auburn

  24. Kaepernick, 4 wins, 2 losses in the playoffs including outplaying Aaron Rodgers twice. Cam Newton, 0-1, even while playing at home. I’d say Cam has a ways to go.

  25. Not a “tattooed freak” like Kaepernick and that says a lot about his character. The Panthers will be trying to sign him to a team friendly deal sooner rather than later. As we all know, “Gettleman has a plan”.

  26. And how many Superbowl rings have the niners earned lately?

    Must really be bad when you have to justify your present team based on a different teams performance from a different era of football to try to make a case that your team has done anything.

    The 5 Superbowl trophies are from the pre-salary cap era of football.

    San Fran would not have those trophies if they had to play by the current salary cap.

  27. It makes sense that the Kaepernick haters come out, I mean he did embarrass Newton in front of his own crowd with the whole Superman thing.

    Ah, it’s no matter, Carolina will miss the playoffs in 2014.

  28. Cam is light years ahead of Kaepernick? The same Cam who scored 0 points in the second half of the only playoff game he’s been in, at home, had an 8 minute drive end in a punt because he took back to back sacks that were his fault, and threw an INT at the end? That Cam is an awesome QB but Kaepernick is a choker? Ok…

  29. I just don’t think Cam can play… he was effective last year WHEN team made him a game manager…. I don’t see potential to ever be more than an average NFL QB…. he does not have the skill or athleticism of RG3, Luck, Tannehill….. he is big…

    I do think Panthers are in a bit of a jam with him due to league marketing and politics… in that he may not be as easy to move away from as his play/ability would indicate

  30. So if you think Newton deserves the same money you are nuts. How many Superbowls has he played in? How many divisional championship games has he played in. That along with health and stats is what should dictate a players pay.
    The NFL needs to go towards a incentive based pay for all players, if you put up the numbers then you get the big bucks, sign and act like you do not have to do anything, then you do not get paid much.

  31. Cam Newton and RG Me – Exceptional athletes – inaccurate throwers of the football.
    Luck and Wilson – Can throw the ball and lead by example.
    Kaepernick – Exceptional athlete, improved thrower, but chokes when it’s on the line.

    – The Book

  32. timothy benton , cam played for 3 years what damn qb goes to multiple superbowls in only 3 seasons ? dont even say wilson , wilson dident take his team to the superbowl the LOB took them there

  33. The most annoying thing about Kaepernick is his legion of obnoxious fans. Kap does not beat QB’s. He’s one of eleven offensive players who faces the opponents defense. Furthermore Kap does not win games by himself.

    By saying Kap has beaten other QBs or that has beaten more teams on the road then Montana and Young you are only exposing your football ignorance.

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