Recent deals make Cam Newton noticeably underpaid

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As quarterback after quarterback after quarterback get new contracts, and as the cluster at the top of the market gets larger and larger and larger, the deal applicable to 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton gets more and more and more glaring.

Newton has two years left on a contract that averaged $20.76 millon per year in new money at signing. He got the deal in June 2015, a year before a then-stagnant quarterback market began to spike via deals signed by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ($24.6 million), Raiders quarterback Derek Carr ($25 million), Lions quarterback Matt Stafford ($27 million), 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ($28 million), Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ($30 million), Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ($32 million), Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Rams quarterback Jared Goff ($33.5 million), Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ($34 million), and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($35 million). Possibly by the weekend, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott also will land in that $30 million to $35 million per year range.

Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league, has been left in the dust. To his credit, he has never said a word about the extent to which he’s underpaid. But he is. Although it’s technically possible that a new deal will be announced before Sunday, the more likely scenario features the Panthers making a decision about Newton’s future after the season, especially since he’s recovering from his latest shoulder surgery.

The problem for Cam is that he’ll have to carry the injury risk for a full season. Given his injury history, there’s a chance that, by next year, the Panthers may want to let things play out in 2020 before making a long-term decision about a quarterback who, having just turned 30, should have plenty of good years left.

At some point, it will be appropriate for Cam to ask the fairly simple and direct question of what the team plans to do about his deal. Once Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shatters the $40 million per year barrier, Newton’s contract will be at roughly half that amount.

41 responses to “Recent deals make Cam Newton noticeably underpaid

  1. He should’ve been cut the day he didn’t dive on the fumble in the biggest game of his life…

  2. In the past 3 years, Cam is barely over .500 (23-20), hasn’t broken 25 TD passes in a single season, and has at least 13 picks per season. Not being able to throw downfield last year actually helped his completion percentage and passer rating, and that is concerning. I think he’s making an appropriate amount of money.

  3. Fumbles aside, he is NOT one of the best QBs in the NFL. He’s not very accurate. He’s slow to pull the trigger on throws. He’s never won a Super Bowl. What exactly makes him “one of the very best quarterbacks in the league?” If you’re talking fantasy, then sure, his running yards and TDs make up for his quarterbacking deficiencies most seasons. But as a real-world quarterback you need to win first, THEN get paid. If you’re not doing it that way, you’re doing it wrong. (yeah, the Rams just messed up with Goff, too)

  4. “Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league, has been left in the dust”.

    Rally? Apart from caroliners, who thinks that?

    If you ask the best qb, nobody thinks about him.

    He was overpaid, so is jimmy, kirk and other Qb who are in the middle-range in quality. They are not Brady, Rodgers, Rivers, Brees…

  5. Much like how Mahommes isn’t worth anywhere close to $40 million dollars per year, sCam isn’t worth $10 million per year not to mention the $20 million he is being overpaid on.

  6. Lets apply common sense to this non story…Hundreds of players are technically under paid based on where the market was when they signed thier contracts.
    Now you’re praising Newton because he isnt clamoring for raise after he was paid top of the market several years ago? I can think of more than a few players who deserve raises more than Cam.

  7. “Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league, has been left in the dust”.

    I understand many people want him to be one of the best, but that doesn’t change the fact that he isn’t, he’s not even close to “one of the best.”

  8. Scam was overpaid when he signed his deal now that he’s allegedly underpaid it’s falling in line with his game ,he’s the Michael Vick of today pumped up by ESPN up as a great quarterback with numbers that don’t match the hype…

  9. What the hell has this guy done, he’s a choke artist with a bum shoulder. Show me a 10+ win season before doling out a top tier contract for him.

  10. What’s laughably biased about all the fumble commentary is the fact that such criticism wouldn’t exist if Brady or Manning was in that position, and opted against throwing themselves in harm’s way. In fact, highly doubtful one word would be spoken. But because it’s Cam, haters gonna hate…

  11. “Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league…”

    “One of the very best” based on what? That’s either pure opinion or is based on Newton’s play 5+ years ago when Peyton Manning was still in the league. Hasn’t been impressive at all the past few years and has had injury issues. Not seeing any justification for him getting paid like the other guys mentioned.

  12. symmetricrandom says:
    September 5, 2019 at 9:07 am
    What’s laughably biased about all the fumble commentary is the fact that such criticism wouldn’t exist if Brady or Manning was in that position, and opted against throwing themselves in harm’s way. In fact, highly doubtful one word would be spoken. But because it’s Cam, haters gonna hate…
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    You can’t seriously believe that, in a Super Bowl, Brady or Manning wouldn’t dive on a fumble!!! I can’t think of any other QB who wouldn’t. The criticism of Cam is well deserved.

  13. “Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league…”
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    Maybe when his accomplishments match his athleticism. BTW, the notion that a player should hold out for a new contract because others at his position make more is BS, generally speaking. Of course, there are exceptions. No, I’m not going to get specific(who would care?). These holdouts and trade orchestrations are wrecking the competitive nature of sport, IMO. I get that the owners are all billionaires and careers are not long but I hate that star players now get to pick up and leave whenever they decide it’s time to wake up in a new city. Now get off my lawn!

  14. This the league today, more concern of where I stand on money than getting on the field and actually winning games. This is why to many games are boring the ME attitude has overcome the game

  15. fbfan says:
    September 5, 2019 at 9:57 am

    You can’t seriously believe that, in a Super Bowl, Brady or Manning wouldn’t dive on a fumble!!! I can’t think of any other QB who wouldn’t. The criticism of Cam is well deserved.

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    I can seriously believe Cam Newton has endured more undue criticism than other other league MVP in the history of sports.
    You can acknowledge that truth at your convenience.
    Thanks.

  16. fbfan says:
    September 5, 2019 at 9:57 am
    You can’t seriously believe that, in a Super Bowl, Brady or Manning wouldn’t dive on a fumble!!! I can’t think of any other QB who wouldn’t. The criticism of Cam is well deserved.
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    I can seriously believe Cam Newton has endured more undue criticism than other other league MVP in the history of sports.
    You can acknowledge that truth at your convenience.
    Thanks.
    ——————
    Aaron Rodgers says Hi.

  17. I won’t rail be a defender of Cam but I will indict the others. Sam Bradford deserved a larger pay day than him? I guess Andrew Luck wasn’t injury prone? Garoppolo has been a model of health? I also guess wentz is putting Favre’s consecutive game streak at risk. The dude isn’t a perfect QB. He generates a lot of dislike in fans. Including panther fans. But you’ve never played if you think he’s trash. How many super bowl fumbles has Kirk cousins not fallen on, none because he’s never been in one.

  18. And Brady, the perennial Supe winner, makes how much? Oh, yeah, I forgot, Brady puts TEAM FIRST, like many Pats players do. Which is why they win all those Supes. And how Jimmy G who has done nothing makes more than Brady is beyond me!

  19. Cam should definitely make than Wentz who hasn’t even won a playoff game. At least Goff made the SB as a starter.

  20. Pay da man!

    He came trough and got you to a super bowl.

    If you want him to try and recover his own fumbles ya gotta pay da man more!

  21. Newton, who remains one of the very best quarterbacks in the league
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    I guess that’s a matter of opinion, I wouldn’t put him in my top 15! And BTW the latest ranking have him between 16th and 20th depending on which one you go by, I didn’t see a one that had him higher than 15th.

  22. For the last 5yrs the NFL hasn’t been a place where the best get paid the most when it comes to QBs otherwise Brady would leave the others in the dust with those 5 SBs, it’s turned into a place where the last to get signed makes the most, PERIOD!

  23. “I can seriously believe Cam Newton has endured more undue criticism than other other league MVP in the history of sports.
    You can acknowledge that truth at your convenience.”
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    I actually acknowledge that the criticism is deserved. He can throw the ball 20 yards downfield, when his target is 10 yards downfield.

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