Six years, $118.47 million for Cam Newton

AP

New contracts routinely are characterized in agent leaks to the media based only on “new money,” because the average sounds better that way. For Cam Newton, five years and $103.8 million translates to an average of $20.76 million in “new money.”

But the real value of the contract must include the remaining contractual value. For Newton, who already was under contract for 2015 at a fifth-year option value of $14.67 million, his total package becomes six years and $118.47 million. That’s a total average of $19.745 million per year.

While it’s still unclear how much of the contract is fully guaranteed, the $22.5 million signing bonus strongly suggests that Newton won’t be cut during the next three years, during which he’ll reportedly pocket a record-setting $67.6 million.

The full details will say plenty about the cap numbers, the cash commitments, and the true guarantee Newton gets from the moment he signs the deal. But unless Newton regresses so dramatically that the Panthers believe they can find someone else who’ll perform even better, Newton likely isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

117 responses to “Six years, $118.47 million for Cam Newton

  1. And his OL will have to play for whatever flies out of his pockets when he gets sacked.

  2. As an NFC South fan, I could not be happier. This guy has proven nothing and now his cap number will cripple them. Beautiful.

  3. Welcome to the NFL. Where you don’t have to play like an elite QB in order to get paid like one.

  4. If Tannehill (no playoff appearances) is worth $19.25 million per year avg. and Cam Newton (3 playoff appearances, 1 win) is worth $19.75 million per year average, what is back-to-back-to-back NFC Championship appearances (2 wins), back-to-back SuperBowl appearances (1 win) worth?

  5. And somewhere in a land far, far away….Phil Rivers and Eli Manning have McDonalds’ smiles on their faces from ear to ear.

  6. The Dolphins can ‘opt out’ of Tannehill’s contract after each season for minimum cap ramifications.

    Hopefully for the Panthers, they left themselves an escape hatch as well.

  7. NFC South. Worst division in NFL. Brees, Ryan & now Newton all in top pay for QB’s. Jamies Winston next.

  8. corporatemediaprostitute says:
    Jun 2, 2015 6:09 PM
    If Tannehill (no playoff appearances) is worth $19.25 million per year avg. and Cam Newton (3 playoff appearances, 1 win) is worth $19.75 million per year average, what is back-to-back-to-back NFC Championship appearances (2 wins), back-to-back SuperBowl appearances (1 win) worth?

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    That would be worth $22.5 million a year with $75 million guaranteed.

    And Luck and Wilson just keep smiling as teams continue to sign mediocre to average QBs at preposterous price tags.

  9. We’re probably about 10 years away from it being impossible to win a super bowl with a mediocre QB that’s being paid amongst the elite since there won’t be enough money left to put the required talent around him.

    Assuming Goodell hasn’t run the NFL out of business by then.

  10. Weak division mixed results from him. Luck and Wilson should make about 30 million per year with 60-70 million upfront. Luck is clearly the next Manning and Brady while Wilson has gone to two straight SBs –winning one. Cam is good, very good but the results so far suggests a new escalation in QB paydays that the fans will have to pay for even though a QB has not really won a thing yet. Division titles in the south are laughable these last couple years. I’d like Cam more if he just win in a strong South Division and get rid of his amateur, childish Superman swagger. Great QBs and leaders are much more mature when it comes to celebrating. Good luck Cam.

  11. cmsfl says:
    Jun 2, 2015 5:57 PM
    Not worth the money at this time.
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    Sure, but Tannehill is worth every penny, right? You’ve been wrong for 4 years about Cam, waiting for him to fall flat on his face. Maybe it’s time to concede hat you’re wrong, after this guy has carried this team from the first pick (worst in the league) to two consecutive division titles.

    I think he ranks top 5 in TDs for the 1st 4 years too. He’s has zero weapons. Don’t believe me? Compare his offensive support to that of Andrew Luck.

    Bur that’s right, you picked Cam to fail, didn’t you? Therefore lack of weapons and numbers are on your side. Cam has kept his head down and worked his way into this contract and he is as deserving as anyone.

  12. Worth is not determined just by personal stats or victories. Worth is determined simply by what somebody is willing to pay. He’s a franchise quarterback. He’s young. It’s the going rate. If the Panthers wouldn’t have paid him – another team(s) would have gladly done so. You don’t think the Browns, Titans or Jets (just off the top of my head) wouldn’t have gladly handed over that type of coin for a QB of Cam’s caliber?

  13. Well, If Cam is worth $118 million, At this pattern Russell Wilson is worth at least $126 million, Which means Andrew Luck will be the first $150 million dollar QB. And what’s funny Is that if Russell & Andrew Luck switched teams, Luck might be a 3x Super Bowl champ already with that Defense in Seattle & Russell would be pretty average behind no O-Line & no D in Indy.

  14. mrlaloosh says:
    Jun 2, 2015 6:34 PM
    NFC South. Worst division in NFL. Brees, Ryan & now Newton all in top pay for QB’s. Jamies Winston next.
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    Somebody doesn’t know that the AFCS, where Luck piles up stats, is the worst. Titans, Jags and Texans? Are you kidding me?

  15. mrtevytev says:

    Well, If Cam is worth $118 million, At this pattern Russell Wilson is worth at least $126 million, Which means Andrew Luck will be the first $150 million dollar QB. And what’s funny Is that if Russell & Andrew Luck switched teams, Luck might be a 3x Super Bowl champ already with that Defense in Seattle & Russell would be pretty average behind no O-Line & no D in Indy.
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    C’mon. Wilson is better than Luck unless your standard is fantasy stats.

  16. Wow. What a waste of money. He is not an elite QB. Heck, he’s not even Jake Delhomme.

  17. “Which means Andrew Luck will be the first $150 million dollar QB. And what’s funny Is that if Russell & Andrew Luck switched teams, Luck might be a 3x Super Bowl champ already with that Defense in Seattle & Russell would be pretty average behind no O-Line & no D in Indy.”

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    Lets not get carried away. Luck has an abysmal 70.8 playoff passer rating and only an 86.6 career passer rating. That has very little to do with the D. He’ll probably get to be a great QB, but he’s not there yet.

  18. In comparison to Wilson, these other starting Quarterbacks (including Luck) are being paid based on potential. Wilson is the only one being paid (presumably) based on what he’s already done and what the team’s front office can justifiably assume he will continue to do. The same cannot be said for Luck, Newton or Tannehill.

  19. Why are some of you slamming Tannehill? He got a deal that the market bears… A measure of his income has nothing to do with Playoffs appearances, that is more of a Team accomplishment. I think Newtons deal is fair based on the New World Order of the NFL. He deserves his money and so does Tannehill. Not many teams have top half of the league QBs that can be called Franchise guys to build around. Are these 2 Elite? No, but right on the edge. Stop with the “overpaid” nonsense. We all know they are, but that is what it is.

  20. mrtevytev says:
    Jun 2, 2015 6:50 PM
    And what’s funny Is that if Russell & Andrew Luck switched teams, Luck might be a 3x Super Bowl champ already with that Defense in Seattle & Russell would be pretty average behind no O-Line & no D in Indy.
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    That’s quite an odd argument since Pro Football Focus had the Seattle offensive line ranked 25th last year and the Colts’ offensive line as 17th. Yes, the defense is better in Seattle but they don’t score all that many touchdowns. And I see you conveniently left out that Wilson has almost nothing in receivers while Luck is surrounded by a very good receiving corps. Let’s see what it’s like with Graham in the Seahawks’ line-up this year.

  21. He’s good but not that good. Just wait till they are in the same situation as the Saints and can’t afford to pay anyone, a la why they traded Graham to the Seahawks. Rebuilding 101.

  22. The NFC South has 1 down year, and suddenly they’re the worst division in the NFL.

    The AFC South has not exactly set the world on fire since Luck joined the Colts in 2012.

    Jags 2 – 14, 4 – 12, 3 – 13
    Texans 12 – 4, 2 – 14, 9 – 7
    Titans 6 – 10, 7 – 9, 2 – 14

    Even the AFC East has been more competitive than the AFC South even though New England wins the division every year.

  23. These next two years will determine how good these QB’s that recently signed are. IMO Cam and Thill will both be very, very good qb’s.

  24. Luck: Reg. Season: 89 TD passes, 43 interceptions, 22 fumbles, 86.6 passer rating, 33 regular season wins. Playoff record: 3-3, 9 TDs, 12 INTs, 1-fumble, 69.33 passer rating, 0- conference championships, 0- Super bowl titles.

    Wilson: Reg. Season: 72 TD passes (+11 rushing TDs), 26 interceptions, 17 fumbles, 98.6 Passer Rating, 36 regular season wins. Playoff record: 6-2, 12 TD passes, 6 INTs, 98.1 passer rating, 2 conference championships, 1-Super Bowl title.

    Wilson is better than Luck — by a lot.

  25. Honestly, as long as you don’t Mark Sanchez the job up. You usually get 100+ million as a starting qb. And even if you Mark Sanchez it up, the team will give you an extension if you are a 1st round pick and ride good team to making the playoffs but never really showing much improvement.

    Yes, I am using Sanchez as a verb, and I think I am using it correctly. Sanchez was never a good starter but he won some games early on good Jets team. If you are better than him and “show improvement” you get 100+ million. If you are worse than him, you get benched in less than two years and never make more than your rookie contract. IE: Brady Quinn, Blaine Gabbert.

  26. Pete Carroll will try to be extra huggy bear this week…cozying up to Russell & convince him that he’s not as good as Cam Newton. It will be his biggest sales pitch.

  27. No one should be surprised, Joe Flacco’s deal opened the flood gates. Now you have second tier guys like Kap,Cam, Dalton signing $100 million dollar deals.

    Rodgers,Luck and Big Ben are the only QBs in the NFL that should be 100 million guys.

  28. @seahawkboymike

    Also, you look even more ridiculous by not showing the passing yardage or taking into account that Luck has a TON more passing attempts.

    I wonder why you left that out? LOL

    And no, I don’t have a dog in the hunt. I’m not a Colts fan. But I like to point out homerism when it is so blinding.

  29. “Rodgers,Luck and Big Ben are the only QBs in the NFL that should be 100 million guys.”
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    Ummmm…………what???? Big Ben? LOL He is never listed as a Top 3 or even 5 QB….ever! And don’t give me SB nonsense. He was carried by the defense.

  30. Listen, i like Cam and i believe teams purposefully do this to screw other teams when it comes to contract negotiations.

  31. Welcome to the NFL. Where you don’t have to play like an elite QB in order to get paid like one.

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    So true. Explain to me how someone like Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, or Matt Stafford gets paid exponentially more than a top ten defender, running back, or wide receiver?

  32. No seriously……can anyone tell me what he has done in the NFL besides his trademark “Superman shirt rip” when he makes a decent play?

  33. Explain to me how someone like Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, or Matt Stafford gets paid exponentially more than a top ten defender, running back, or wide receiver?
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    Pretty easy. The QB position is the most valuable position by far when it comes to translating to wins/losses. There aren’t 32 great QB’s. So supply and demand. Either way….they have the biggest impact on the outcome of games. Even the mediocre one’s.

  34. That’s a lot of money to guarantee your team not getting close to a Super Bowl. See also San Fran, Miami.

  35. Makes you wonder what Luck, Rodgers, Brady and Wilson are really worth is that average q.b. gets a Flacco type of deal.

  36. All the haters act like it is their own coin being tossed around. Listen these owners toss thousands around like you toss pennies around. Stop worrying about it and enjoy the greatest game in the universe.

  37. Russell Willson 2014 stats
    cmp% yds td’s int’s Rating
    63.1 , 3,475, 20, 7, 95.0

    Ryan Tannehill
    66.4, 4,045, 27, 12 92.8

    Don’t understand the hate for Tannehill

  38. I would be happy if I were a Panthers fan. There will always be only a few elites QBs, so most of the league has to go with Tier 2 or below.

  39. Heard this guy never got a 2/1 TD over INT. ratio in what is said to be a weak division. All the RT haters guess who just did so last season?

  40. If we’re picking quarterbacks for the next 10 years and I have the 3rd pick, I’m taking Newton over Wilson. I know I’m going to be in the minority with that, but the level of talent surrounding the two has been vastly different. You can’t teach size, and Cam is 6’6″ while Russell is 5’10”. That’s going to matter in the long run when both are forced to run less.

  41. How about paying people more than Aaron Rodgers once they play to his level? This is ridiculous. These QB salaries need to come back to down to reality.

  42. Now my Seahawks are going to wish they hadn’t dragged their feet on this Russell Wilson contract. 118 million invested into one position. Cam Newton got P.A.I.D

  43. Hey King Okra,

    You should know what overpaying a QB does for your a franchise. The only problem is that your team still continues to overpay Drew Brees and cripple your organization while you Aints fans still refuse to accept the fact that he is over the hill and busted. Pathetic…. On behalf of Panther Nation, thanks for a third consecutive NFC South division title.

  44. Do you think “franchise” quarterbacks grow on trees? Most of these comments are ridiculous/unrealistic.

    Not every team has a 26-year-old Andrew Luck on their roster. Cam’s not at Luck’s level, obviously, but he’s still as good or better than 3/4s of the current starting QBs in the NFL today.

    He’s also different than just about everyone. He brings a running element that most QBs don’t (or can’t, for a long period of time). He’s huge, has speed, can run like a FB, and has a strong arm.

    But, as another poster pointed out, it doesn’t matter. That’s what he got, and if CAR didn’t want to pay him, many other teams would gladly have.

    And how can anyone criticize his contract when none of us, including Florio, know what the guarantees really are?

    In the end, Cam is pretty good right now, and he’s still young, so he becoming a top 3-5 QB is not out of hte question.

    He’s not Andrew Luck. But he’s not Andy Dalton, either.

  45. Ah, loser NFL fans, who hate the people who entertain them making money. This is the going rate for QBs. Nobody else in the sport makes the money anymore, so stop crying about it. You wanted the rookies to stop getting paid, and now they don’t. Your precious owners are keeping all that doe while delivering you a worse product every year since older players don’t stick around anymore past a couple of contracts. God forbid one position still gets paid. Bitter fans would question Michael Jordan or Joe Montana getting coin in their prime because they’re some jealous losers.

  46. Poor Seattle… now they have to beat that and watch RW”s cap hit jump up TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS on a team that already couldn’t afford its players.

  47. Cam we love you. Too bad you play in the south where there are so many bigoted jerks who really don’t understand football much less life. Don’t worry about them Cam just keep doing what your are doing. You will have the last laugh on all the southern yahoos!

  48. Weak division mixed results from him. Luck and Wilson should make about 30 million per year with 60-70 million upfront.
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    Yeah, good thing Andrew Luck’s not in a “weak” division.
    It looks like the Seahawks
    have more faith in their defense than their very lucky QB.

  49. so many look at the wrong things….. what do his #s really have to do with anything ? you have to take into acct sooooo much more… who is he throwing to? how is the line protecting? was he healthy? what kind of positions was he faced with that may have hurt those #s ? how many times was th team down and forced to pass into a waiting defense? theres SOOOOOOOOOOOO much more to evaluating a player…. CAM NEWTON is an ascending player .. hes gotten better each year with his play and his leadership #s dont tell but a small percent of that. this is for 5 extra years with 1 remaining so thats 6 years… ok considering Brees.Eli,Peyton,Brady,Ben,Rivers,Romo,Palmer will likely all be out of the league halfway through this contract CAM is awful attractive then… you pay for the FUTURE not the PAST if hes ascending and you believe he is your franchise guy the earlier you lock him up the more $ you will save and the less likely you take a chance on losing him ! it never baffles you people that you are so confused as to why these billionaires and people who understand make moves (some gambles sure its part of the game) and it leaves you baffled? the owners and gms for the most part take gambles at times or calculated risks considering the situation and the field of players i.e. Cutler … but for the most part a ton of work goes into evaluating the players and the position the franxhise is in currently in and the condition it plans to be in a few years down the road !!! sheesh ! the man is worth the $$$

  50. p.s. you guys do realize the cap is estimated to jump to 200 million in a few short years… and every estimate recently has been below the actual #s … teams are viewing years down the road wayyyy ahead of us cams structure may have something to do with a linemans structure coming in 2 years or KB’s in several years with 12 other guys … they dont just make crap up they get to these numbers with the smartest guys in the world doing the evaluations and predictions and calculations…. its sports you can bust on some but if you dont take chances you will never ever get to the top !!! calculated and educated risks ! and still can backfire but all things considered this makes a ton of sense !

  51. Lesson for parents everywhere — teach your kids to throw the ball, not run with it.

    Your welcome.

  52. Panthers will never going to win any Super Bowl with Cam and the team. This pay just sets the Panthers back for another decade. So sad they’re stuck with him and he won’t ever take them to Super Bowl.

  53. It depends how you want to look at it. Long-term contracts in this league should be about potential, not what you’ve already accomplished, but what you will accomplish.

    Carolina should enter the season as the favorites in the division. New Orleans looks like it will be searching for a new QB soon. We’ve seen Matt Ryan essentially hit a plateau, and if Cam Newton continues to evolve his game it won’t matter whether Jameis Winston is a bust or not.

    That being said, he hasn’t had a statistical season yet worthy of one year at this rate, let alone the increases he will get. He’s stayed relatively healthy, but if he continues to run will that be the case?

    They overpaid, but if they get back to the playoffs 2 of the next 3 years, it will be worth it.

  54. Its not that Cam is so good, he’s not. But whats the alternative?
    Let him walk, and spend the next several years drafting QBs, many of which will be busts.

  55. I don’t understand all the Cam Newton hate, he played injured the entire year and brought them to a 2nd division title in a row. Dude gets in a pretty serious car accident 2 weeks before the playoffs, not even sure if they will make the playoffs and comes back and gets them into the playoffs… AND WINS A PLAYOFF GAME!

    Hangs in there with the Seahawks, makes a poor throw in the 4th quarter, game over. Kind of like Russell Wilson in the Super Bowl. I think the Panthers are making the right decision, they don’t have any better options out there at the moment.

  56. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 2, 2015 7:18 PM

    Luck: (he mentioned stats but left out some)

    Wilson: (he mentioned ALL stats and based argument on superbowl titles like a 12 year old girl would)

    Wilson is better than Luck — by a lot.
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    Spoken like a guy with seahawks in his name, oh wait a second…

    One guy has CARRIED his team thus far, one guy has been a piece of highly talented, defensive focused squad. Without Luck, the Colts are a 5 win team at best. Without Wilson the Hawks are still a playoff team (with a competent game manager under center).

  57. Seems like too much money. Newton is a great athlete, but only a fairly good QB to this point.

    I see this as a similar situation to Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. Both QBs have had some success, and both franchises are betting that neither Dalton or Newton has hit their ceiling yet.

    Regardless, at least this wasn’t the equivalent of the Bears signing a known entity like Cutler to this type of deal.

  58. Congrats Cam !!! No trouble on or off the field, but he’s a punk?? You hate the way he celebrates?? You guys are running out of ways to hide your “True Feelings” .. Just say you hate him.

  59. If we’re picking quarterbacks for the next 10 years and I have the 3rd pick, I’m taking Newton over Wilson.
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    Nah, I’m picking the one with a brain..

  60. I see the Cam Derangement Syndrome continues to bloom.

    Whenever any pro-Cam fan posts his many record-breaking stats, Cam Derangement Syndrome sufferers start screaming that stats don’t matter, only wins do. Then they continue with the old, tired, “Luck & Wilson love this deal” parroting. Well, if winning is the only thing that matters, what has Luck won? Nothing more than Cam has. And as a previous poster pointed out, the AFC South has been fairly equal to the NFC South since Luck & Cam came to the NFL. If all you care about is fantasy stats, then yes, Luck is your guy. But when it comes to real NFL games, Cam has as good a chance as Luck to get some Lombardi trophies.

    I’m getting real sick of all the people who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, continue to insist that Cam is evil and will never win anything. I’m also getting real sick of all the people who continue to insist Luck is God with a neck-beard. Cam is worth this contract, and I am convinced he will lead us to a Super Bowl victory.

  61. You should know what overpaying a QB does for your a franchise. The only problem is that your team still continues to overpay Drew Brees
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    Overpaid Drew Brees: 1st Ballot HOFer SB44MVP still one of the best in the business

    Overpaid Cam Newton: 1 playoff win and nothing else but a superman pose to show for $20M/Yr

  62. I love how people are complaining about this deal. It is the going rate for a high level QB.

    Here is something for you to think about…
    Player A – 32-32 record and 118 total TDs in first four years in the league
    Player B – 30-31-1 record and 115 total TDs in the first four years in the league

    None of you want to pay player B, who is Cam Newton.. and by that, probably wouldn’t think Player A is worth the money as well..

    Congrats your the GENIUS GM that let Peyton Manning walk out of the door..

  63. People are blown away now that all the QBs are getting 100 mil dollar deals, yet, four years ago, guys that had never taken a snap were landing 30 to 50 mil FULLY GUARANTEED.

    So who would you rather pay big money too? A guy with four years under his belt or a rookie??

    Fun Fact – Sam Bradford & Mark Sanchez have gotten 90+ mil in GUARANTEED money..

  64. What has this overrated scrub ever won to deserve this contract? As if the Panthers didn’t suck enough, now they won’t even be able to afford to keep any kind of 1/2 decent team around him.

  65. NFC South. Worst division in NFL. Brees, Ryan & now Newton all in top pay for QB’s. Jamies Winston next.

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    Only last year. Go look up your stats. The 2008 NFC West remains the #1 WORST division in the NFL with a winning percentage of .250. NFC South was actually higher than that in 2014.

    The Top 3 were NFC West, NFC South and AFC West in 2008, 2014, and 2008. Out of the Top 13 worst winning percentages (seasons) in NFL history, the NFC West has the most losing seasons of any team in NFL history with 6. The NFC South is only represented ONE TIME in the Top 13.

    Yes, it was bad last year, but to say we’re the worst division, sorry – stats don’t support your post.

  66. I love how people are complaining about this deal. It is the going rate for a high level QB.

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    And therein lies the problem, his stats show HE IS NOT a high-level QB.

  67. Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a 6 year deal, that is now a bargain. Brilliant!

  68. Heard this guy never got a 2/1 TD over INT. ratio in what is said to be a weak division. All the RT haters guess who just did so last season?

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    Since you brought it up, let’s look at his stats, shall we.

    Career stats:
    1,923 atts
    1,144 comp
    59.5% comp rate
    14,425 career yards (four years)
    7.5 yards per att
    82 TD
    54 Int

    If that’s a franchise “elite” QB and one who deserves that kind of payday, then I have some swamp land in Florida to sell ya.

    SMH

  69. i’m just glad that all these other mediocre QBs are getting huge deals so people can stop saying flacco bankrupted the ravens

    BTW at least flacco had a SB MVP trophy to justify his contract

  70. He’s good but not that good. Just wait till they are in the same situation as the Saints and can’t afford to pay anyone, a la why they traded Graham to the Seahawks. Rebuilding 101.

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    Please, please for heaven’s sake, use Google and get your information right.

    The Saints gave Brees the contract they wanted to, never wanted to restructure (GM said so himself), and we didn’t seek out the Seahawks to “trade” Graham. They (Saints) contacted them to get Unger and the Graham trade came about during that discussion. WE DON’T NEED GRAHAM. Let me repeat in case you missed it WE DON’T NEED GRAHAM.

    We won the SB without him, had a Top 5 offense (#1 twice actually), without him, and still finished the 2014 season with the what…#1 offense again, even though Graham only contributed to 900 of the 4,952 yards that Brees had in 2014 (who do you think the other 4,052 yards went to, OTHER players). Guess we’re just going to have to show you this year that we won’t skip a beat without him in the line up.

    GEAUX SAINTS!!

  71. I hate this guy. Not cuz he’s good. Because he’s a punk. Nice first down pose. Lame.

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    Couldn’t agree more. Almost 100% of the time when he returns to the sideline, he is not looking at future plays, talking to his Coach and team, etc.

    Nope, he’s either walking around or sitting on the bench with a towel on his head.

    Apparently, for Cam, there is an “I” in Team.

  72. So Tannehill’s contract has been questioned because he had a career losing record, can’t throw the deep ball and hasn’t made the playoffs (because his defense can’t close a game out), and his stats have improved every season and are almost identical to Newton

    Yet Newton’s contract is praised despite the fact that he has a career losing record, is one of two starting qb’s who has a worse deep ball completion % than Tannehill and went to the playoffs only when the panthers defense was #1 in the league, and went with a losing record due to the division being so bad, and his stats have gone down every season.

    That’s what the media does, they manipulate how people view players.

  73. Lots of qb’s getting paid a lot of money for being just above average. They can’t get anyone better than that so they shell out the cash. There are only about 4 qb’s who deserve big money for being great. Cam the Fig Newton is not one of them.

  74. Haters…gotta love these comments. Haters spawn from jealousy. I guess all you haters secretly wish you had Cam on your team as he continues to improve and shred defenses. Just watch what he does over the next 5 years now that the new contract distraction is gone. I see a NFC South 3-peat coming very soon to Carolina…bank on it!!

  75. People have to remember Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning only come around once every 10-15 years and late round Tom Brady caliber signal callers come around as often as Haley’s Comet. Franchise qbs are hard to find. If a mediocre quarterback brings you a winning record and a legit shot to make the playoffs, he will be the highest paid player on the team.

    Without Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, not even Larry Fitzgerald, the team’s best player, could make the Cardinals a competitive team down the stretch. The Cardinals and Rams last year showed that no matter how good their D or their play makers were, a qb is the most important position.

    Now I agree, even for a prime Peyton Manning, $100 grand is way overpaid, but a qb is worth what a team is willing to pay him.

  76. Wrong stats kimbo and he played 3 seasons not 4.

    7-9 to make the playoffs one of those years.

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