Report: New contract for Cam Newton could be done today

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It appears the first domino in the quarterback market has fallen.

According to ESPN 730 in Charlotte (where former Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney works as a talk show host now), the Panthers are near a deal with quarterback Cam Newton which would carry him through the 2020 season.

The deal is expected to pay Newton north of $20 million a year, though the details (as always) will be critical in determining the value of the deal.

With no apparent movement between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks or Andrew Luck and the Colts, it’s interesting that Newton would go first, but he apparently got the offer he wanted to stay with the team that took him first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft (when Hurney was still G.M. and not a member of the media).

98 responses to “Report: New contract for Cam Newton could be done today

  1. They talk about Kaps contract. But please explain to me what exactly justifies this contract. Constantly sulking and making the playoffs due to a pathetic division then losing to any team that plays good d. The last two years sums this up.

  2. While Newton got off to a super-fast start (record-breaking rookie season), as he enters his fifth season, he is actually an under-achiever at this point. His recent self-assessment was correct: The NFL has never seen a quarterback with his elite arm, mobility, size and body strength in one package. Ever. By all accounts, his mental comprehension is solid as well. He may be committed to studying film and putting in the extra work during the practice week, but that hasn’t translated yet into Cam showing discipline and good discernment on the field. While he’s clearly above average in his play, he should actually begin hitting his prime at this point as a truly elite quarterback. … Will he take that step?

  3. jnks10 says:
    Jun 1, 2015 10:19 AM
    If Cam gets north of 20 million a year will Luck get 25% of the Colts Franchise and Wilson 25% of the city of Seattle?

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    Can’t imagine Luck would settle on a salary the equivalent of $3.50 an hour but who knows…

  4. How do you reward a quarterback with a .500 career record with a 20 million per year contract?
    He’s had a Super Bowl defense the last two years and he still has a losing playoff record.
    He’s proven he’ll make poor decisions in tough times and is wildly immature.
    This one is a head scratcher…

  5. panturds will soon regret this move ,just like the 69ers regret kap’s contract win a super bowl or at least an MVP before you get bank like this!!

  6. mississippininerfan,last year 2013 they were 12 – 4. So the last two years does not sum it up. The most pathetic division is the AFC East. The Patriots are just about given a playoff pass every year…. and they still cheat. Kind of makes you wonder?

  7. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 1, 2015 10:21 AM

    While Newton got off to a super-fast start (record-breaking rookie season), as he enters his fifth season, he is actually an under-achiever at this point. His recent self-assessment was correct: The NFL has never seen a quarterback with his elite arm, mobility, size and body strength in one package. Ever. By all accounts, his mental comprehension is solid as well. He may be committed to studying film and putting in the extra work during the practice week, but that hasn’t translated yet into Cam showing discipline and good discernment on the field. While he’s clearly above average in his play, he should actually begin hitting his prime at this point as a truly elite quarterback. … Will he take that step?

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    I think that is probably a pretty fair assessment, with the key question being exactly that, ‘will he take that step?’ This is the year to truly find that out. I think the panthers have started putting some of the surrounding pieces that Cam needs to be successful. We will see how much of a leap he makes this year.

  8. Wow this contract is insane. Dude hasn’t won anything. I do like Cam, but he’s nowhere near worth more than Rodgers, Brady, Bress etc.. Being a Seattle fan this scares me with Wilson’s contract coming up.

  9. agent7x6 says:
    Jun 1, 2015 10:20 AM
    What is so interesting about Newton getting his deal done before Luck and Russell?

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    Because it helps set the market for others.

  10. I don’t like the guy’s persona, and I have my doubts about him being the guy getting you to the Super Bowl. Having said that, his production, talent, and age warrant a healthy new contract. I’m sure he thinks he deserves elite money, but he’s just very good. So that’s the kind of deal he should get.

  11. I’m very curious at the responses. Do the majority of people on these boards think that Cam Newton is deserving of >$20M per year? I guess so.

    I just see a guy that is an exceptional physical talent without the ability to dissect defenses at speed. Impromptu feats doesn’t get you consistency. Time will tell. I for one am pleased the Panthers have sunk a ton of coin into him. He’d better become elite at > $20M. Thus far, I haven’t seen elite.

  12. How do you reward a quarterback with a .500 career record with a 20 million per year contract?
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    because he’s not the problem. their losing record wasnt all on him. compare his WRs to Kaepernick’s and it’s not a comparison, Kaepernick’s are much better. i know some will say, “now compare his WRs to Wilson’s” and true Wilson’s WRs are a bit worse than what Cam had, BUT Wilson had Lynch (sorry, he’s better than Stewart) and Wilson has a great defense, plus Wilson’s also better (admittedly). Cam deserves his contract extension more than Dalton and Kaepernick did in my book. Cam has shown me improvement…he does need to work on his overthrows, but i seen a lot of improvement from the pocket.

  13. For anyone thinking that these QBs that have somewhat success (playoff wins, SB) won’t get paid and these guys that aren’t doing nothing (no playoff wins) are getting paid then you are living in a make believe world. The front QBs are getting paid now the mid guys are. Yall are crying about his contract look at Daltons that what you need to hate on!

  14. Newton is one of the most overrated QB’s in the NFL today. When he’s winning he’s doing the Superman. When he’s losing he on the bench with a towel around his head.
    Not a leader of men.

  15. Flacco’s contract looks better and better.

    Cutler
    Ryan
    Kapernik
    Dalton
    Tannehill
    Newton

    Just to name a few that couldn’t hold his jock , getting crazy money.

  16. He’d better become elite at > $20M. Thus far, I haven’t seen elite.
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    Supposed to get >$20M if you are ALREADY AN ELITE QB…….NOT BEFORE BECOMING ELITE LOL

  17. R. Wilson’s “patience” will be rewarded now that Newton, Tannehill and Kap are signed.

  18. Threw the same number of TDs last year as Alex Smith.
    Alex is also making about 19 mil per, so apparently 19-20 mil is the going price for Qbs that are in that 15-20 Qb ranking.

  19. For the people questioning the contract, have you watched the NFL model? This is what it is. QBs get paid, and everybody else doesn’t unless you’re a JJ Watt or a player of that ilk. Tannehill just got a $100 mil contract for Christ sake and his team overall has infinitely been better than Newton’s, especially on offense. Dalton probably has the best roster in the AFC. Kaepernick had the best in football during his first 2 years starting. Matt Ryan has won 1 playoff game. This is what you wanted, most of the players to stop getting paid a lot of money, so don’t get mad because the QBs are taking it all now. Who exactly do you think should be getting paid of the QBs if not these guys because these are the top 10 guys by default now?

  20. It would be nice if the panthers actually surround him with some REAL WEAPONS on the receiving front.They have truly not impress be it in the draft or even free agency.

    Btw.. good on Cam in getting this Contract , He has never made a fuss about it and here is where a team recognize that.Plus take a look at the Qb’s out there that has gotten insane money so far, and lets just say none of them could carry Cam jockstrap.

  21. Cam led Panthers to something never done before consecutive NFC South division titles 1 with a old man WR and no running backs, the 2nd in which he had nothing but rookie WRs, Olsen, and again no running backs, a back injury that caused him to miss the first few games, and then suffered a car wreck at the end of the season after he was t-boned.

    Haters simply are going to hate.
    at this point the cam haters show more about themselves with their comments, than the craziness they spew towards Cam.

  22. Can is above average. Makes poor critical game decisions, will NEVER be a HOF’er and to make this $$$ in addition to his immaturity is basically because the Charlotte soccer Moms need and “idol” to get Timmy to eats his cereal during the Fall with the back to school season. Gettleman performed a Hunley and wasted cash IMO. I be always looking myself for Cam’s replacement. Cam is not the ACE this team needs. He’s the one currently available. Letting him go or trading him would be admitting they failed.

  23. steelerer says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:01 AM
    agent7x6 says:
    Jun 1, 2015 10:20 AM
    What is so interesting about Newton getting his deal done before Luck and Russell?

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    Because it helps set the market for others.
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    I guess I interpreted the author’s original statement to mean that he expected either Luck or Russell to sign before Newton. It seems logical to me that Newton would sign before either of those. Why would Luck or Russell set the market for Newton rather than the other way around?

  24. Real weapons??
    Once you over pay your QB … there’s no money left to sign top FAs or keep your star players just ask Brees.

  25. d12f6m says:
    Jun 1, 2015 10:47 AM
    mississippininerfan,last year 2013 they were 12 – 4. So the last two years does not sum it up. The most pathetic division is the AFC East. The Patriots are just about given a playoff pass every year…. and they still cheat. Kind of makes you wonder?

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    You say that even though Miami and Buffalo had better records and a more difficult schedule than any NFC South team……SMH….Oh and let’s not forget that the Falcons were caught cheating as well.

  26. I’ll say it again, he’s a middle of the road guy and his career QB rating of 85 supports that. He’s a classic cripple shooter – pads stats against bad teams, can’t beat good defenses.

  27. bcetour says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:18 AM
    I’m very curious at the responses. Do the majority of people on these boards think that Cam Newton is deserving of >$20M per year?
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    DESERVING? No.

    Sad to say though ~$20 million is normal these days for an average QB who is the unquestioned starter for any NFL team on any new contracts except the rookie deal.

    If a Rodgers, or in their primes Brady or Manning hit the open market these days, teams would be lining up to pay them $30-35 million a season.

    Personally, I wonder what the rank and file NFL player thinks about this as the CBA in 2011 was supposed to benefit them, but has been a boon to pretty much only QBs plus the random odd player (Suh, etc). Salaries otherwise have been pretty stagnant.

  28. Also, for the people saying get somebody else, I’ll pose the same question I asked on the Tannehill contract extension. Who’s that supposed to be? Newton wins games in a the league, and he’s done it with a mediocre offensive surrounding cast throughout his career. Marty Hurney gave 2 RBs who shouldn’t be making but slightly over the minimum Marshawn Lynch money and the receivers were basically old Steve Smith and some scrubs. Now, it’s Kelvin Benjamin and some scrubs. Let’s not even go into that offensive line and how much of a mess it has been. If you’ve got a guy who can overcome all that and still win games, you keep him like Miami hasn’t quite gotten over the hump, but they’re making progress. There aren’t any Andrew Lucks or Jameis Winstons in the next few drafts, so you ride it out and surround them with players to see if they can win you something or bottom out to the top of the draft where a guy that grades out better than them coming out of college comes up. All of these other scenarios are pie in the sky type stuff, just ask Cleveland. They’d love either to be QBing their team.

  29. If I say that white guys aren’t good CBs because Thay generally aren’t athletic enough no one cares and would probably agree but if I say that black QBs aren’t that good because Thay generally aren’t smart enough and make poor decisions I would be called a racist and no one would agree with me even when I’m only speaking the truth. Why is that?

  30. With Cam getting 20 million the qb pay is going to get way out of whack very quickly with Luck and Wilson 2 players that equate to wins. I’m glad Rodgers is locked down for 5 more years with the biggest cap hit of 21 mil to go along with only a 18 mil hit for this year. It appears like a bargain contract already.

  31. They talk about Kaps contract. But please explain to me what exactly justifies this contract. Constantly sulking and making the playoffs due to a pathetic division then losing to any team that plays good d. The last two years sums this up.
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    mississippininerfan, That only really sums up last year. Two years ago, the Panthers were 12-4 and the Saints were 11-5 so it’s not like the Panthers were just handed the division. Also, the Panthers had quality wins that year: at San Francisco and against the Saints & Patriots.

    Cam has also made the Pro Bowl twice already in his career and I realize the Pro Bowl isn’t the only way to show a player’s worth, but isn’t that essentially a confirmation that you are one of the best at your position?

  32. Because that isn’t how race works. Intelligence doesn’t have anything to do with race, what a horribly ignorant comment.

    MIDWEST PERHAPS?

  33. Happy to see the Panthers lock Cam up. He’s a solid QB with a lot more upside. The risk is worth it. It seems 20 to 21 mil is going to be the norm in the years to come.

    I think Cam will bring us a Super bowl but I’m a die hard Cam fan.

    It still kills me to see people bring up “Laptop”, something that happened 8 yrs. ago.

    If you’re not sold on Cam, that’s fine but from that standpoint, Name a better option right now? There is none.

    If you are a true Panthers fan, you want Stability at this postion. Heck, look at what we’ve had over the years:

    Kerry Collins
    Frank Reich
    Steve Beuerlin
    Chris Weinke
    Matt Lyttle
    Rodney Peete
    Randay Fasani
    Jack Delhomme
    Matt Moore
    Brian St Pierre
    Vinny Testeverde
    Derek Anderson
    David Carr

    I mean really!!!!

  34. Million dollar talent with a ten cent brain. He needs to grow up and stop being selfish.

  35. Some of you guys clearly no absolutely zero about football. You say “he had a career five hundred record”, “he misses high alot”, “he didn’t beat good defenses”, etc etc etc. Have you seen the weapons he has had and the offensive line he has had in front of him? It’s amazing he has accomplished what he has given what he had to work with. Remember just a couple years ago the Panthers were 2-14 before they drafted Cam and in 4 years they gone from 2-14 to back to back division championships and won their first round game last year. Give him a line and some weapons (which they are currently uprading), and the sky is the limit for Cam. I’m very happy to see this extension.

  36. the 12-4 team was far better defensively than most other NFL teams that year. He couldn’t get out of his own way in the playoff game in SF that year.

    Further more… If you hit the wide open guy on 2nd & 7, you don’t have to make a spectacular play on 3rd & 7.

    With the D Carolina has, any GAME MANAGER that can hit open guys in stride would win the division yearly.

    With this $$, how do you keep Luke, Star, TD & the other young defenders AND get Cam weapons on offense? Smart move Panthers!

  37. 20 million dollars a year equals roughly $1,250,000 a game. If the offense is on the field roughly 30 minutes (minus special teams) it averages out to about $42,000 per minute.
    Anyone who thinks he is worth that is an idiot.

  38. …. but if they don’t, they’ll be in the position that looms as a possibility for Seattle: being forced to franchise him after he plays out the contract. That number is even higher, and sets the bar for contract negotiations going forward.

  39. Cam is an above average QB with a combination of physical gifts that hasn’t been seen before. He’s done good things, some great. He’s made bad decisions like the bad throw for a late interception in Seattle in the playoffs this past year. Returned for a TD that took it 14 point game when the Panthers could have tied it. When they were 12-4 two years ago, they nearly beat Seattle (probably should have without late game heroics from the Seattle offense), beat a great 49ers team, beat a damn good Patriots team in prime time, and handled everyone they were supposed to. The biggest problem Cam has had has been a lack of weapons, mostly due to being financially strapped. That was before Cam got his deal. Right now, the offensive line is awful and they’re still looking for weapons. He’s played very well for having to run for his life every dropback and needing to figure it out on the fly. If he had an opportunity to consistently drop back and find the open guy, we may not be talking about this. Carolina has to build through the draft. That’s what got Seattle where it’s at. If they can’t continue to do that as well as they have, they won’t be at the top for long because they will have the massive QB contract issue too. If Carolina can build their offense through the draft, this contract won’t be an issue, especially in a few years when we’re talking about $10 to $15 million more per year being the going rate for an above average QB.

  40. jjackwagon says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:48 AM

    Threw the same number of TDs last year as Alex Smith.
    Alex is also making about 19 mil per, so apparently 19-20 mil is the going price for Qbs that are in that 15-20 Qb ranking.
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    Difference is Smith had a waaaaaaaaaay better team around him on both sides of the ball.

  41. He’s a good player but NOT a winner. They should have franchised him and PRAY that some QB starved team surrendered 2 firsts for him.

  42. Jake Delhomme took the Panthers to the Super Bowl… I think he just MIGHT have been a LITTLE better than Scam Newton and its called having the intellect to consistently read NFL defenses….TRUTH

  43. jchristopher2014 says:
    Jun 1, 2015 1:26 PM

    the 12-4 team was far better defensively than most other NFL teams that year. He couldn’t get out of his own way in the playoff game in SF that year.

    Further more… If you hit the wide open guy on 2nd & 7, you don’t have to make a spectacular play on 3rd & 7.

    With the D Carolina has, any GAME MANAGER that can hit open guys in stride would win the division yearly.

    With this $$, how do you keep Luke, Star, TD & the other young defenders AND get Cam weapons on offense? Smart move Panthers!
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    1) What open guys? That has been the Panthers’ recent problem; since Smith left, other than Olson, they haven’t had dependable receivers.
    2) They have to reduce the $ paid to an underperforming RB corps.

  44. Good for Cam as he deserved a good payday for a franchise quarterback. He need to develop into a better passes if the Panthers are ever going to the next level.

  45. quinzze says:
    Jun 1, 2015 12:34 PM

    If I say that white guys aren’t good CBs because Thay generally aren’t athletic enough no one cares and would probably agree but if I say that black QBs aren’t that good because Thay generally aren’t smart enough and make poor decisions I would be called a racist and no one would agree with me even when I’m only speaking the truth. Why is that?
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    How you got 6 people to agree with that crappy statement is beyond me.

    Do you know how many white QBs have totally sucked coming through the NFL? Black QBs on percentage have done far better.

  46. What? This guy should be paying Carolina to let him play.
    My son-in-law is a Panther’s fan and it’s disappointing to see the pain on their faces season after season. Cam is a lousy QB and leader. Watching his immature temper tantrums is embarrassing.

  47. Difference is Smith had a waaaaaaaaaay better team around him on both sides of the ball.
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    Uh, no. Chiefs O-line was avg to below average. WRs were also avg to below average.
    Better D and definitely better RBs.

    But Alex did miss a game so maybe that’s why their TD numbers were the same.

  48. I just don’t understand you people. Apparently, in your minds, once an athlete does something, that something must define him for the rest of eternity.

    The laptop was 8 years ago. He has not been in trouble with the law since.

    “Immature” “sulking on the sideline” – that stuff was just in his first 2 years. The team veterans have set him straight.

    Yes, he does the Superman pose. You people are acting like he’s the first football player to ever do a TD celebration. I hate to rain on your parade with this breaking news, but he is not. It has been going on for decades. This is much more tame than oversized Hall of Fame jackets, hiding cell phones under a goal post pad or busting out Sharpies. It’s a lot better than vulgar celebrations like grabbing the crotch or fake mooning the fans. It doesn’t matter that I’m a Panther homer; the indignation over the Superman pose makes no sense at all.

    “He wears a towel on his head, so he is not a leader of men.” Please tell me this was a joke. If you really think that towel has anything to do with his leadership skills, you obviously have no clue whatsoever what a leader is or what skills constitute leadership skills.

    All of you who continue to regurgitate this long-ago vanished stuff would probably have a major issue with someone telling you that you cannot do, and should not have, your current job because of a handful of stupid things you did when you were 18-22. So stop doing it to others.

    Cam will prove worthy of the contract. With an improved O-line and better receivers that we have and that will come, Cam will lead us to the promised land.

    KEEP POUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. bucks4ever13 says:
    Jun 1, 2015 2:02 PM

    Cam is an above average QB with a combination of physical gifts that hasn’t been seen before. He’s done good things, some great. He’s made bad decisions like the bad throw for a late interception in Seattle in the playoffs this past year. Returned for a TD that took it 14 point game when the Panthers could have tied it.
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    Either you didn’t see the play, or the only thing you were watching was the ball. The intended receiver, Brenton Bursin, fell down right about the time Cam threw the ball – further proof that Cam has elite QB makeup with no weapons to this point. Put a roster full of Bursins on the Patriots and Seahawks, and neither would have a ring these past 2 years.

  50. Elite $20M QBs make the players around them better and Cam has not done a good job of that….all the great QBs do though

  51. Great signing. Cam is far from done progressing as a Quarterback. If they shore up the line, look for the Panthers to surprise people this year.

  52. It blows my mind how so called football “fans” CANNOT understand the difference between a QB and a franchise QB , Let me “splain” it to you , Cam is one of the best QB’s in the league . They don’t come in one mold , there’s many . And they dont win the superbowl every year nor do they win MVP every year or win it at all.

    Some are on teams that are in cap hell and are constantly rotating out players year after year and the QB cannot get any normality with their locker room or wide receivers .

    But …. a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared and soon you’ll see your ignorant definition of what a franchise QB is !

  53. Drew Brees is the best “passing” quarterback in the NFL — I don’t need to post his remarkable stats here. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the most valuable players on their own respective teams. Without Big Ben and Joe Flacco, their respective teams would never be contenders. Without Seattle’s defense, Russell Wilson would not be able to sustain success on his own quarterbacking skills. Cam Newton is beginning to look a lot more like Russel Wilson, from the perspective of good solid defense that the Cam-rolina Panthers have been able to build, in recent times (i.e., just on Luke Kuechly alone). Suffice it to say, whatever deal Cam gets, Russell Wilson deserves 33% more, considering Seattle has appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls over the past two seasons.

  54. Thank you panthers for setting the bar so high with this outrageous that after signing Luke to his top defensive player contract yall will be salary cap strapped and will make Wilson, an actual Super Bowl winning QB, contract will be so big that Seattle will fall into the same trap.

    Thanks and regards,

    Saints fans everywhere

  55. He’s made bad decisions like the bad throw for a late interception in Seattle in the playoffs this past year. Returned for a TD that took it 14 point game when the Panthers could have tied it.
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    His primary receiver from Wofford College fell down twice on that play. His secondary receiver the TE made zero effort on a 50/50 ball. Give this kid some more recievers and he’ll be fine.
    BTW when Peyton Manning throws one of his many INTs, is that a bad decision or is it
    a) the weather
    b) the receivers fault
    c) the OC’s fault
    d) the HC’s fault
    e) under or over inflated ball
    f) the offensive line
    e) an injury no one knew about

  56. quinzze – “but if I say that black QBs aren’t that good because Thay generally aren’t smart enough and make poor decisions I would be called a racist and no one would agree with me even when I’m only speaking the truth. Why is that?”

    You’re a racist because you think black QBs are not as smart as white QBs. And everyone thinks you are stupid because of your terrible spelling. ….”Thay”??

    C’mon Man!!

  57. Name 5 HOF black QBs you can’t or one starting white CB you can’t it’s not racism it’s a fact . Stats “they” don’t lie. Come on man.

  58. Your move Seattle. Really should have tried to get the deal done before Newton’s deal.

    With the three QBs due an extension being Newton, Luck, and Wilson, only Luck is the no brainer for top tier QB money.

    With Wilson and Newton, signing them to a large contract is a roll of the dice. As others have stated, Newton needs to make that move. If not they will cut him.

    What Carolina has done is they decided to hedge their bet and pay now VS. later. If Newton was to have a good year in 2015(big if), then they likely would have been paying him 23 to 25 million a year, because we know other teams are desperate enough to pay that.

    Now Wilson has a 20 million as a base. There is not a way you can get him to accept less than Newton, not a chance.

  59. Put a roster full of Bursins on the Patriots and Seahawks, and neither would have a ring these past 2 years

    Don’t know about Bursins, but Brandon LaFell has been great. Thanks!

  60. I think he’s a good QB, he’s fun to watch, he should get paid. I don’t understand all the haters ripping this guy. But maybe I do, just look at the comments on articles about Russell Wilson, EJ Manual, Geno Smith, Mike Vick, and Teddy Bridgewater. Hmm…. Do you see a pattern?

  61. Don’t know about Bursins, but Brandon LaFell has been great. Thanks!
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    For some unknown reason the football in Gillette Stadium was way easier
    for Brandon LaFell to grab and hold onto…anybody have any ideas why.

    Name 5 HOF black QBs you can’t or one starting white CB you can’t it’s not racism it’s a fact . Stats “they” don’t lie. Come on man.
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    There have been way than more five black college QB’s that may have been HOF’ers that were forced to play receiver or cornerback in the NFL. If you want to talk abot race you should begin by having a clue. Have you ever heard of Warren Moon. Doug Williams kept Tampa Bay in the playoffs after they lost over 20 games in a row and they ran him out of town.

  62. bcetour says:
    Jun 1, 2015 11:18 AM
    I’m very curious at the responses. Do the majority of people on these boards think that Cam Newton is deserving of >$20M per year? I guess so.

    I just see a guy that is an exceptional physical talent without the ability to dissect defenses at speed. Impromptu feats doesn’t get you consistency. Time will tell. I for one am pleased the Panthers have sunk a ton of coin into him. He’d better become elite at > $20M. Thus far, I haven’t seen elite.

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    2nd most passing yards by a rookie in a game (432), September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
    2nd most passing yards by a rookie in a season (4,051), 2011
    First rookie to throw for 400+ yards in his first career game
    First rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in back to back games, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[89]
    First rookie in NFL history to throw for 10 touchdowns and run for 10 touchdowns in a season.
    First rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
    Most total touchdowns by a rookie NFL player: 35 (21 pass, 14 rush).
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    First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games[91]
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    Second player in NFL history with 20+ passing touchdowns and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season, joining Kordell Stewart (’97)
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    Had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game eight times, tying the NFL single-season record – previously accomplished by Steve Grogan of the New England Patriots in 1976 and Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings in 2002
    Twenty-fifth NFL player (and first quarterback) to have 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons
    First quarterback in NFL history with at least 500 yards rushing in first two seasons
    First player in NFL history to have over 250 passing yards and over 100 rushing yards with a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in a game (vs. Falcons on September 12, 2012 – 287 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, 116 yards rushing and 1 touchdown and vs. Bengals on October 11, 2014)
    First player to have 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in first two seasons
    Highest average yards of total offense, career (293.7)
    First Starting QB to win the NFC South back to back.
    Second player in NFL history with 7,500+ pass yards and 40+ pass touchdowns in first two seasons, joining Peyton Manning (’99)
    Second most combined passing & rushing yards through his first 37 starts in NFL history (behind Kurt Warner)
    First player in NFL history with 50 passing touchdowns and 25 Rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons
    First player with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first three seasons
    Most rushing touchdowns by a QB in his first four seasons (33 rushing touchdowns)
    First player in NFL history to have 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his first four seasons
    First player in NFL history to have at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons
    Most games in NFL history with at least 200 passing yards and 80 rushing yards with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown (4 games)

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    I don’t know what exactly it would take to be considered “Elite” to some folks out there BUT, Cam’s career accomplishments thus far CERTAINLY put him in RARE COMPANY. You know the Dan Marino/Peyton Manning level of individual accomplishments!!!

  63. Like it or not, this is a QB driven league, and the QB’s are going to get the top money. If the Panthers don’t roll the dice and sign Cam now, I guarantee you he would be on the FA market for less than a week next offseason. Wouldn’t the Cardinals love to have Cam Newton? Or the St. Louis Rams? Or any of these other teams that are a QB away from being true contenders? Someone was going to pay Cam $100M next off-season, perhaps more, if teams got in a bidding war. Anybody who thinks otherwise doesn’t understand the NFL and doesn’t understand how hard it is to get a franchise QB of even Cam’s stature. No, he’s not Brees, or Big Ben, or Tom Brady, yada yada. But, he is on the same playing field as Matt Ryan, who is in the same division, making similar money if/ when this deal gets done.

    Cam Newton is certainly a polarizing figure. People can’t get over his college controversies at Florida and Auburn. If people don’t care about college ball, they can’t get over a player who is confident in his abilities to the point of accused arrogance. Last year was a tough year, everything was going against Cam, yet he never gave up and when the Panthers had an opportunity to seize the poor NFC South, Cam played his best football despite any number of injuries, outscoring the Falcons and Saints by a combined 62 points…both games on the road against the Saints and Falcons. And, people say he has no heart? No heart is saying “My ribs are broken, my back is broken, my ankle isn’t 100% so I’ll just not play hard”. Cam Newton deserves this contract. He hasn’t even arrived yet, but in the open market, he gets this money anyway…and the Panthers are left searching for another franchise caliber QB that it took Carolina 17 years to find.

  64. Don’t know about Bursins, but Brandon LaFell has been great. Thanks!
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    For some unknown reason the football in Gillette Stadium was way easier
    for Brandon LaFell to grab and hold onto…anybody have any ideas why.

    Name 5 HOF black QBs you can’t or one starting white CB you can’t it’s not racism it’s a fact . Stats “they” don’t lie. Come on man.

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    I really don’t understand people’s love affair with Brandon LaFell. He never ever progressed in Carolina he, in fact, regressed. Whether it was Cam, or the offensive system, he never did anything in Carolina worthy of merit. Perhaps the change of scenery, the offensive system in NE better suit him. Godspeed to him either way. The fact that LaFell did better in NE doesn’t automatically make Cam Newton a bad QB. LaFell’s only highlight play from his contract year in which he barely eclipsed 600 yards was on a busted coverage against Minnesota.

  65. Seahawks can easily afford ~$22.5 million/year for RW, mainly because their GM is a genius as opposed to some of the goofballs I’ve seen running other teams. He didn’t sell the team’s future with heavily pro-rated signing bonuses or idiotic base-to-bonus conversions.

    Anything less than $22.5 million/year is a savings for the team.

  66. JS had the guts to admit his mistake and dump Harvin. Any other idiot GM (yours included) would have kept him no matter what.

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