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July 29, 2011

Cam Newton signs for $22 million, 4 years


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (above), the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, has signed a deal worth just over $22 million for four years, with all of the money guaranteed. Todd Sumlin - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

SPARTANBURG - The Carolina Panthers have signed quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, to a deal worth just over $22 million for four years, with all of the money guaranteed.

Panthers first-year coach Ron Rivera said he expected to see Newton at tonight's classroom sessions. 

"I expect him to be here," Rivera said.

Newton had been in Charlotte during the negotiations.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney praised Newton's agents, Bus Cook and Tony Paige, for their approach.

"Their approach has been terrific," he said.

The Panthers' first on-the-field workout is Saturday, with the first workout in pads on Monday.

That was not the only news on another busy day for the Panthers.

-- Hurney said he did not think cornerback Brandon Hogan (knee) passed his physical. Hogan, a rookie out of West Virginia, is a candidate for Richard Marshall's starting spot opposite Chris Gamble, if he can get healthy.

-- Negotiations with defensive tackle Terrell McClain have not progressed well, Hurney said, but he didn't elaborate. Other than McClain, all the Panthers draft picks have reported.

-- The Panthers cut defensive end Tyler Brayton. Hurney said the team's aggressiveness in FA made Brayton vulnerable because of salary concerns. Brayton also didn't have a sack in 2010.

-- Also released was defensive end Hilee Taylor and the team withdrew offers to quarterback Keith Null, defensive tackle Ed Johnson and linebacker Nic Harris.

-- Linebacker Omar Gaither, a former Eagle who is from Charlotte and played at Myers Park High, has agreed to terms with the Panthers. He has ties to Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

-- Kicker John Kasay, the last original Panther, was released, as expected.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 29, 2011 at 06:20 PM | Permalink


Nnamdi just got signed by the Eagles. Okay Panthers, go get the Cornerback we need, so that Chris Gamble is our weak link.

Chris Carr, Chris Houston, or Carlos Rogers will do. Antonio Cromartie will re-sign with the Jets.

BTW-Cam signed...Hurray.

Posted by: Dougie | Jul 29, 2011 6:41:28 PM

Nice. A pay cut from playing in the SEC. His dad must be ticked.

Posted by: wordsx3 | Jul 29, 2011 6:41:31 PM

Thanks for putting a damper on my day Joe! So you're telling me that we used a draft pick on a guy that can't pass a physical and another on a guy who doesn't want to freakin sign?!? Lovely. Gaither is a good acquisition but he's a only here to provide depth and play special teams, but, hey, he's an upgrade over Nic Harris so I guess that's cool.

Posted by: dt3428 | Jul 29, 2011 6:49:17 PM


Yeah, he's a crook because the NCAA is a not-for-profit agency that barely squeaks by to pay the bills. Seriously, Cam and Cecil may have questionable judgement but he's no more guilty than the system. We'll all be laughing about this in a few years once the NCAA figures out that they're gonna have to start paying their players versus handing out $40k state scholarships.

Posted by: ASChin | Jul 29, 2011 6:58:47 PM

Wake up, the country is trillions in debt and deficits. Pay less attention to sports and more to the government destroying the country.

Posted by: Hogan | Jul 29, 2011 6:59:29 PM

Wake up, the country is trillions in debt and deficits. Pay less attention to sports and more to the government destroying the country.

Posted by: Hogan | Jul 29, 2011 6:59:29 PM

I'm sure they knew that Hogan and his knee were a risk. He tore his ACL in December against Rutgers, but I'm sure he will get back to form soon. Probably would be good to go already if the league wasn't locked out and he could have rehabbed with the team trainers...

Posted by: ncjc6801 | Jul 29, 2011 7:02:35 PM

really shows what kinda wimps the Panthers are. The Cowboys started off in pads first day. lol, also smart enough to have Trainign camp in the Air Condition and players stay in a Hyatt hotel, not college Dorm

Posted by: PantherFanHaHa | Jul 29, 2011 7:13:03 PM

Yeah I know ncjc...still don't like it though. He needs to be in camp and practicing, not rehabbing. Hopefully he can be good to go before the end of the preseason. What I really don't get is what's up w/ all the Cam hate? Man signed his contract and should be in camp tonight ready for first day of practice tomorrow. He's doin what he's supposed to do. Unfortunately I can't say the same for all our draft picks. McClain needs to sign and get his butt to camp too!

Posted by: dt3428 | Jul 29, 2011 7:15:42 PM

Poor Panterdan....just can't get over the fact that Cam beat his favorite college team.

Posted by: Ted | Jul 29, 2011 7:15:58 PM

Hey....where did the other Panther Dan come from? Anyway, DL was a huge issue last year, HUGE ISSUE, and other than a couple of draft picks and a middling FA, where did Carolina improve here? Hope Fua can play cuz they'll need him. Who will start opposite Johnson at DE? I was figuring on Brayton there...Hardy, perhaps? I like him, but not sure about his ability against the run.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Jul 29, 2011 7:17:51 PM

Cowboys smart? Panthers wimps? Your a fool, training in air conditioning staying in a Hyatt. You better look your team in the mirror before you call another team wimps. Lets see how your cowgirls play the heat. They'll be sweetin' and gasping for air! LOL

Posted by: LDAWG | Jul 29, 2011 7:22:04 PM

I see Micheal Jenkins was released by the Falcons, we could get him cheap.

Posted by: Ghoul | Jul 29, 2011 7:24:26 PM

O my...the Hyatt...gee golly that's fancy...whatever dude, I once stayed in the presidential suite at the Marriott right above your beloved Cowboys so that makes them second-class citizens to me. Ha Ha.

Posted by: dt3428 | Jul 29, 2011 7:28:11 PM

Asante Samuel for Dan Connor and a 4th.

Posted by: Exit 4 | Jul 29, 2011 7:35:38 PM

Released Null? What the heck!

Posted by: readyforsomefootball | Jul 29, 2011 7:51:24 PM

@ Exit 4.....Shooott!! I would love to see that.You are talking about a strong playoff run right right... Like 2008 again!

Posted by: Tanzania | Jul 29, 2011 7:54:28 PM

You beter be good, buddy. I think you're the main reason Steve Smith came back (he thought you could get him the ball). Alot of people are counting on it.

Posted by: maggerds | Jul 29, 2011 8:00:35 PM

If there's any indication of trouble; let's just let him hit Steve Smith in stride.

Posted by: maggerds | Jul 29, 2011 8:04:08 PM

I think you need to have Cam Newton hit Steve Smith in stride, to make the most of his speed.

Posted by: maggerds | Jul 29, 2011 8:07:45 PM

Does this mean the Panthers will win 6 games this year... probably not. I will put my money on the under....

Posted by: I see dead people | Jul 29, 2011 8:08:42 PM

The Panthers have been sCAMed. I am telling you know he is the second coming of J'marcus Russell

Posted by: ENCTARHELL | Jul 29, 2011 8:22:14 PM

Panthers shooting for another high draft pick next year. Pretty much have the same team as last years 2-14 team...Loaded up on TE, RB, Weak at DT, weak in the secondary, weak at WR, Steve Smith is on the downside of his career, offensive line overrated, and NO solid veteran QB. Great job Hurney. YOU SUCK!!!!!!! Why does he still have a job?!!

Posted by: Helms | Jul 29, 2011 8:26:00 PM

Get a cb And steve smith from the Giants he"s a good free agent and how about double trouble and the Smiths boys plus TE of the U we will have production plus the best package nickname in the League

Posted by: NFL | Jul 29, 2011 8:43:18 PM

Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at Cam Newton in the picture above this article.

Does that football look like a toy foosball in those hands?

The Panthers are in a perfect storm. Let's go ride the wave!!!

Posted by: 4Gross | Jul 29, 2011 8:59:34 PM

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