Panthers announce five-year extension for Cam Newton

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Monday brought word that the Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton were close to agreeing on a contract extension.

Tuesday brought an official announcement of the contract from the Panthers. Newton has agreed to a five-year extension that, including the last year of existing rookie contract, will keep him on the team through the 2020 season. There will be a press conference with Newton to discuss the agreement on Tuesday evening.

The Panthers didn’t announce any financial details, but multiple reports peg the overall value of the deal at $103.8 million. Those reports also have Newton making $67.6 million in the first three years of the deal with $60 million in guaranteed money, although there’s no word on whether that money is fully guaranteed or not.

Those figures put the deal just above the extension that Matt Ryan signed with the Falcons before the 2013 season in terms of total value and yearly average while the guaranteed money would place Newton at the top of the list of NFL quarterbacks as well. Chances are that Newton will drop down the list once Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson strike their next deals, especially with his contract now helping to set the framework for any deal those quarterbacks will sign.

The deal is sure to have its critics as Newton’s play hasn’t consistently been at the level suggested by this new contract, but he’s taken the Panthers to back-to-back NFC South titles without a ton of offensive help and he has plenty of time to continue growing as a quarterback with his 27th birthday still 11 months away. Given those facts, it’s easy to understand why the Panthers chose to stick with Newton rather than wade back into the pool of teams searching for quarterbacks.

99 responses to “Panthers announce five-year extension for Cam Newton

  1. If they seriously gave a guy who was sulking and crying by himself with a towel over his head while WINNING in the 3rd quarter against the niners in the playoffs a few years back 60 MILLION GUARANTEED, they are complete buffoons.

  2. Ok then.

    The Ravens paid Flacco less guaranteed money, but there was outrage on this website.

    Since then, guys who haven’t proved anything, didn’t bet on themselves, have had more guaranteed money than Flacco. BUT, where is the outrage?

    Can you say hypocrisy?

  3. Congrats to the only star franchise QB the Panthers have ever had Cam Newton the best QB in team history now watch a 100% healthy Cam Newton show off in 2015 i’ll just read all these hateful anti Cam Newton comments as they come in

  4. Congratulations, young man. You have earned every cent of it. Continue to grow and ignore all the experts, who said you would be a bust … all the way to the bank.

  5. Call me crazy but this sounds like a reasonable deal for a proven QB that seems to be improving year-after-year. Last year it wasn’t him it was the O-line but they gritted through it and won the NFC South (someone had to) and then beat a decent Cardinals D (the O was MIA) and at least gave Seattle a game.

  6. Dude deserves it. That team has gone from a #1 pick to a deep playoff threat 2 recent years with a makeshift line, average backs and only 1 solid WR/TE tandem. Well-deserved.

  7. The kat just went about his business kept his mouth shut when it came to his contract… and got PAID.

    And he is anchoring a team with NO star WR to help him out like one tony romo.Yet he somehow had them still make the playoffs.

  8. People criticizing signing Newton to an extension need to ask themselves what the alternative is. There aren’t 32 starting caliber quarterbacks in the league and you need to hold onto him when you get one. This is just the going rate for a quarterback these days.

  9. With every new contract like this, the Jay Cutler deal doesn’t look quite as bad.

  10. tolan04 says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:08 PM
    That’s a lot of money for a qb that’s done absolutely nothing
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    He’s done more than Tannehill who is in the bottom 5 NFL QBs and plays for a team that can’t even sniff the playoffs.

  11. NFL accomplishments and records[edit]
    Rookie records[edit]
    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).
    2nd most rushing yards by a rookie quarterback: 706
    Along with Andy Dalton, the two made the first pair of rookie quarterbacks to make the Pro Bowl.
    Most total yards by a rookie quarterback: 4,784.
    Records[edit]
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in debut game (422), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in first two games (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[90]
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first career start, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
    Sixth quarterback to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first two career starts, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[89]
    Fastest player to throw for 1,000 yards (at Arizona Cardinals, vs. Green Bay Packers, and vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
    First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games[91]
    Most rushing touchdowns in single season by a quarterback (14), achieved on December 4, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Second player in NFL history with 20+ passing touchdowns and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season, joining Kordell Stewart (’97)
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns in a season
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards in a season
    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
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    Add to that Cam has the 3rd most TD’s after 1st 4 Seasons behind only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.

    But Lets not let #FACTS get into the way of some perfectly good HATING………

    Carry On……………

  12. When things aren’t going well Cam puts a towel over his head. Brady puts his head in his hands, and hides his face. Joe Flacco looks straight ahead.

  13. ballreaper says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:13 PM
    The kat just went about his business kept his mouth shut when it came to his contract… and got PAID.

    And he is anchoring a team with NO star WR to help him out like one tony romo.Yet he somehow had them still make the playoffs.
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    The Panthers won 7 games last year. Really?

  14. berniemadoffsides says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:11 PM
    Dude deserves it. That team has gone from a #1 pick to a deep playoff threat 2 recent years with a makeshift line, average backs and only 1 solid WR/TE tandem. Well-deserved.

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    A 7-8-1 team thats only play win was against Ryan Lindley is a deep playoff threat. I’ve heard it all now.

  15. berniemadoffsides says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:11 PM
    Dude deserves it. That team has gone from a #1 pick to a deep playoff threat 2 recent years with a makeshift line, average backs and only 1 solid WR/TE tandem. Well-deserved.

    ————————-

    A 7-8-1 team thats only playoff win was against Ryan Lindley is a deep playoff threat. I’ve heard it all now.

  16. I’m not a Newton fan, but if he was Seattles QB they would have 2 superbowl wins, and if he was the 49ers QB they would have won over the Ravens.

  17. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:08 PM
    Ok then.

    The Ravens paid Flacco less guaranteed money, but there was outrage on this website.

    Since then, guys who haven’t proved anything, didn’t bet on themselves, have had more guaranteed money than Flacco. BUT, where is the outrage?

    Can you say hypocrisy?

    *********************************************************************************

    So, one questionable move justifies or nullifies another questionable move? I don’t think it works like that.

    Also, Flacco’s deal is over two years old at this point. Norms for contracts go up quickly in the current environment, especially among high-paid positions like QB. When it was announced, in March 2013, Flacco’s deal was rightly criticized.

  18. Great deal for them. Quart earls are the most important position in sports and he’s proven to be an elite centerpiece. This will keep them near the top for years to come.

  19. Tannehill is underpaid!

    They just gave a QB with a career losing record $60 mil guaranteed…. He needs to give about $15 to Luke K. And that defense who were the real reason they went 12-4 and got into the playoffs.

    Looks at the numbers, his stats have all gone down every year and has a career completion % less that 60%.

  20. I see the Cam Derangement Syndrome is in full effect.

    jnks10 – get out of the past. He has been set straight on the sulking thing. A TOWEL HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH A MAN’S LEADERSHIP SKILLS! You and everyone else that continues to parrot this tired old crap, FIND SOMETHING NEW!

    daytontriangles – No, that’s the Bengals that signed up for an extension of playoff failure.

    tolan04 – are you one of those that believe that until you win a Super Bowl, you have done absolutely nothing? For the record, Cam has as many playoff wins as Matt Ryan and Ryan Tannehill combined.

    Cam has been to 2 Pro Bowls, led the Panthers to be the first team ever to win the NFC South two years in a row, has a playoff win, and played the Seahawks toe-to-toe until his uncoordinated receiver fell down without being hit. He is worth this deal and will lead us to a Super Bowl victory.

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

  21. “he’s taken the Panthers to back-to-back NFC South titles without a ton of offensive help”

    He got tons of OFFENSIVE play out of the rest of the NFC South.

  22. Cam’s laughing all the way to the bank when they go 4-12 this season……smart move Panthers.

  23. So, one questionable move justifies or nullifies another questionable move? I don’t think it works like that.

    Also, Flacco’s deal is over two years old at this point. Norms for contracts go up quickly in the current environment, especially among high-paid positions like QB. When it was announced, in March 2013, Flacco’s deal was rightly criticized.
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    Flacco has made it to a Super Bowl. And won it.

    Newton and Romo who are both getting paid more than Flacco haven’t even made it to a conference championship game in their careers.

  24. 85 career QB rating… .500 winning Pct. as a starter? His production is average at best and he gets paid like an elite player. Bahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Mad hate for a guy that has been zero trouble off the field, does great things in the community, and has the 3rd most total TD’s for any player in NFL history. Haters gonna hate. Go show ’em Cam. A few more pieces and it’s Super Bowl time!

  26. If a QB doesn’t reach the Super Bowl in his first 5 seasons, his odds to ever do so are slim (Brees and Manning are exceptions, but they are also hall of famers so that is what it takes. Cam isn’t worth that much, the Panthers are just afraid of going back to the Jimmy Clausen years. Cam can get you to the playoffs because he’s dynamic but once January hits, he hibernates.

  27. Ok then.

    The Ravens paid Flacco less guaranteed money, but there was outrage on this website.

    Since then, guys who haven’t proved anything, didn’t bet on themselves, have had more guaranteed money than Flacco. BUT, where is the outrage?

    Can you say hypocrisy?
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    That’s because we’re all desensitized from all the idiocy now… it was new back then.

  28. Wilson is going to get more than this, for sure

    Luck is going to get paid north of $25M/yr. Yikes.

    How much do average QBs get paid before rolling the dice with rookies or 2nd year players becomes a good idea? We gotta be getting close to that point..

  29. WOW!! I can only all the angry jealous fans saying he dosent deserve the money must really,really,really hate Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer.Im sure all you jealous clowns just filled up the comment section with hate also. No of course not.

  30. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:15 PM

    He’s done more than Tannehill who is in the bottom 5 NFL QBs and plays for a team that can’t even sniff the playoffs.

    ————–

    You obviously dont know anything about football.

  31. Can’t wait for Flacco to light it up again this year and CONTINUE to laugh at all the fantasy boys who say he’s not elite.

  32. In before the clueless trolls that don’t understand the market for young starting QBs in 2015. Oh, too late
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    Why not take the time to explain it to us? We’ll wait. Just the bullet points will do for now, no need to elaborate.

  33. Cam Newton overrated? You must be an idiot. The most overrated QB in the NFL Is Baby Hands Bridgewater….

  34. I’m just curious as to how some of these QB’s get so much money. Newton is a special talent but is he really worth 20 million a year? I understand Rodgers, Brady, the Mannings, and even why Luck will get his money. But are the rest of the guys out there worth 20 mil? I certainly don’t get why Wilson will get that amount, sure he has won a super bowl and has been to another but he isn’t the reason.

  35. He’s got stats but he’s not a winner. Anyone who strikes a superman pose after a td when you’re down 25 is a tool that can’t be respected.

  36. Is Cam Newton the most overrated QB in the NFL? Hardly.

    But that kind of money should be reserved for QBs that have directly contributed to bringing one or more Lombardi trophies to their franchise.

  37. As a fan whose team has struggled to find a franchise QB for 10 years (since Steve McNair), I say congrats Panthers fans. Enjoy what will no doubt be a fun ride.

    – Titans Fan #GoMariota

  38. Any of the clueless trolls on here, that are bashing this deal are only proving their lack on NFL knowledge. I would explain it, but you wouldn’t get it.

  39. So, will the Seahawks continue to be cheap with their SB winning QB? What are they going to say….your not as good as Cam Newton?

    ROFL, good luck with that Seahawks!

  40. I appreciate what McNair did, but he was hardly what I would call a franchise player. He had, what 4 winning seasons out of 10? He had decent TD-INT numbers, but every other stat was mediocre at best, and his post season numbers were just bad.

  41. “The Ravens paid Flacco less guaranteed money, but there was outrage on this website.

    Since then, guys who haven’t proved anything, didn’t bet on themselves, have had more guaranteed money than Flacco. BUT, where is the outrage?

    Can you say hypocrisy?”

    You are absolutely right. Cam Newton has had more stints on the injury list missing games than he has playoff wins.

    Ridiculous statement? Who cares, it’s a damn fact.

  42. I’m not a Cam Newton fan BUT if the Panthers want to pay him $100 million or $200 million that’s what he is worth … get over it.

  43. I’m not a panthers fan whatsoever but there sure is a lot of hate for a squeaky clean guy who is still young and has talent and potential if they simply give him some weapons and stop being so stingy in free agency. So much hate you’d think he was RGKnee or somethin….wow.

  44. Newton has a 30-31 record as a starter and a guy like Cassel has a 33-38 record; but the former gets 60 mil guaranteed and the latter bounces around the league.

    I don’t get it, but if Panthers fans are happy, that’s what fills the seats.

  45. I do not think that the Panthers would put Cam Newton under the bus after his rookie contract would expire since who would replace him as their starting quarterback in the near future?

  46. QB money is getting out of hand, lol. And all it’s going to do is screw over the teams that pay that out because they won’t be able to field an effective TEAM.

  47. Good deal…because you don’t want to be “looking” for your quarterback like the Browns.

    He can be good if they get the right coach in there….someone like Bruce Arians. The current staff is holding his progress back.

  48. Steve McNair 101:

    Starting QB who led his team to the playoffs in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 (including three 13 and 3 seasons and one 12 and 4 season). Super Bowl QB in 1999. AFC Championship Player of the Game in ’99. NFL Co-MVP in 2003 with Peyton Manning. And there’s so much more, including the toughest quarterback in NFL history.

  49. Its not really that shocking. This is the going rate for a starting QB in the NFL these day who is above average. It’s a QB driven league so they are always the ones to get paid. Luck and Wilson are going to hit the jackpot though when it’s their time.

  50. Steve McNair 101:
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    My post wasn’t meant to be derogatory, and McNair’s toughness isn’t in dispute, but the facts remain 8 years out of his remaining 11 were losing seasons.

  51. Wow! This is great news for Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, both of whom now stand to get at least $115M and $130M contract deals, respectively. People listen up: Sam Bradford got $50M “guaranteed” just for shaking Commish Goodell’s hand. So for the Cam-rolina Panthers to pay “Cam” north of $60M guaranteed is money well spent, as long as Luke Kuechly stays healthy. Without argument, considering Russell Wilson has won a Super Bowl and was able to assist his team in garnering a Super Bowl berth the very next season following, that should justify Paul Allen opening up his checkbook to the tune of $75M “guaranteed” for Russell Wilson.

  52. Cam Newton is better, right now, than half the starting QBs in the league. And, he’s only going to get better. People that complain and hate on Cam are assuming that he will remain stagnant. His numbers took a bit of a drop last year, but that was largely due to things outside his control. It’s better to go with a known commodity than starting over, killing progress. I also love how they front loaded the deal, paying out the majority of it within the first 3 years. Greg Olsen is signed for the next 3 seasons. Kelvin Benjamin will be under his rookie deal for the next 3 seasons. If Funchess pans out, that’s another 4 seasons. Meaning, after the Panthers take the biggest hit over the next 4 seasons, they will be in a great position to have Olsen in his prime that entire duration, and immediate cap relief once Benjamin and Funchess are due their new deals. Even if Funchess doesn’t work out, or Benjamin was a one year wonder (I don’t think he was) there are bargains to be had either in the draft or FA. The Panthers will also be in position to get Kuechly signed long term, Gettleman has prepared for this since day 1 on the job, and I imagine they will front load his deal as well. Great signing. Cam is worth every bit that money to the Panthers. You can spout off stats and whatever else you want to throw at him. Cam Newton has made the Panthers relevant and will continue to do so. He’s clearly the guy for Rivera and Gettleman.

  53. I’ve always thought that the majority of people that comment on this site are absolute morons; the amount of people approving of this deal is proof that I’m absolutely right.

  54. 85 career QB rating… 30-31 record as a starter… 1-2 record in playoff games… 5 tds and 5 ints in playoff games?

    And one of the biggest babies in the league when the game isn’t going his way. Stunned at this signing!

  55. Paid like an icon and an entertainer! Well deserved Cam! Hate us cause they ain’t us! Keep doubting fools! Money talks losers walk! $$$$$$$$$$$$

  56. Big blu you are beautiful. Cam has been a great QB without many weapons. Unfortunately, he plays in redneck Charlotte who don’t appreciate what they have because he is not white like Jake Delhomme. I’ll never forget his first game over 400 yards against Packers and his first pick… the redneck white 60 year old polo shirt wearing chump said.. It was just a matter of time. Kind of sums up most of the Panther crowd. Cant wait till you win the Super Bowl in spite of your lame home crowd. If you were in NY you would be KING!

  57. I’m not slagging Newton at all, but man Tom Brady is underpaid! He won’t make anywhere near this.

    I guess all he has to fall back on are his rich model wife & the 4 Super Bowl rings.

  58. 85 career QB rating… 30-31 record as a starter… 1-2 record in playoff games… 5 tds and 5 ints in playoff games?

    And one of the biggest babies in the league when the game isn’t going his way. Stunned at this signing!

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    Yes, *but* the first 2 seasons with Cam as the starting QB the Panthers were coming off a 2-14 campaign, new coaching staff, and the victims of their own terrible draft picks outside of Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. The Saints and Falcons were also still powerhouses in the NFC South, and NFC at large, those first 2 seasons. Not every QB comes into an ideal situation such as Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck, especially Luck.

  59. 3rd most total TDs after 4 seasons trailing only Marino and Manning is overrated. Bet you didn’t know he also has less turnovers than Peyton did at this point as well. But I guess the future HOFer is overrated as well By pft logic. Haters do the world a favor and grow up.

    Also the whole towel thing making him he biggest baby? Well I guess Jordan was the biggest baby in the NBA cause Cam’s towel thing is the old “like Mike” thing that people who idolized Jordan should have noticed when Cam was doing it. How about doing your research before you look like an idiot. Newton explains the towel very well in an interview you can find on YouTube.

    Seriously Congrats to those who hate a man, who has never done anything to you, that much. You need some serious help, might I recommend a therapist.

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