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July 26, 2013

Newton focused on wins, not contract


When Cam Newton was asked about his reaction to Matt Ryan's new $100 million contract, the Panthers quarterback smiled.

“I didn't think anything,” Newton said. “Good for him, but nothing more than that.”

Quarterbacks across the league have been cashing in this offseason with monster deals, beginning with Joe Flacco and continuing through Ryan. Newton, who missed out on millions as the first No. 1 pick signed under the new collective bargaining agreement, said Friday he's not concerned about his next contract.

“The only thing that's on my mind right now is a three-letter word. I think y'all know what that three-letter word is,” said Newton, referring to his desire to win.

Newton, who is 13-19 as a starter, signed a guaranteed four-year, $22 million deal in 2011 that includes a club option for a fifth year. Compare that to the six-year, $78 million contract Sam Bradford received as the No. 1 pick the previous year.

Under the terms of the CBA, players can not begin renegotiating their rookie contracts until the end of their third season.

New general manager Dave Gettleman has been clearing cap space since he arrived in January, when the Panthers were $16 million over the cap. He'll have to clear more if the Panthers want to lock Newton up after this season.

In the meantime, a lighter, leaner Newton is looking to continue his development after two record-setting seasons that did not include as many wins as he envisioned.

If Newton set any specific goals for his third year, he didn't share them with the media.

“It's easy for people to just go and shoot off goals that they want, and I think it would be cliché right now,” he said. “For us it's going to be hard work and dedication.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on July 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM | Permalink


If we can pay Jake Delhomme top dollar for horrible QB play, we can pay Cam Newton top dollar for stellar QB play. I'm sure the Big Cat will open up his checkbook when the time comes. But for now....."win baby, win!

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 26, 2013 2:45:25 PM

Jake took us to a Super Bowl. Where has Cam took us?

Posted by: deepenwide | Jul 26, 2013 4:50:18 PM

Jake played about as much in that Super Bowl run as Trent Dilfer played in the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl run in 2000 (Yeah, Ray Lewis had nothing to do with that). In 2003-04, it was the stellar running game, Steve Smith and the best defense this team has ever seen took us to the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 26, 2013 5:00:19 PM

As a rookie Flacco signed a 5 year contract for $30 million, not that much more than Cam's 4 year contract for $22 million. Like Cam, Flacco also started as a rookie. Unlike Cam, Flacco has led his team to the playoffs every year as a starter. He has taken them to the conference championship game 3 times in 5 years, and last year they won the Super Bowl with him as the MVP. To even mention Flacco and his deal when talking about Cam's contract is insane. Before Cam Newton gets anything close to Joe Flacco money he needs to start putting up Flacco-like results. Getting to the playoffs would be a nice start. Instead he has been sitting with a towel on his head sulking over losses like a baby.

Posted by: pelchul | Jul 26, 2013 6:36:03 PM

I'm not sure Cam has produced much "stellar" QB play yet, but it looks like he's learning to say the right things. Good for him and good for the Panthers. I hope that his agent is a great negotiator and that he's still a happy Panther this time next year.

The QB I feel sorriest for is Jake Locker (Tenn. Titans) who might have been the first QB drafted if he had left the U of Washington after his Jr. year, but he went back for his Sr. year, his draft stock fell, a new CBA was signed, and he lost millions and millions of $$. Sucks to be you.

Posted by: Ray | Jul 26, 2013 8:54:20 PM

Yeah, please neglect to mention the supporting cast that Flacco enjoyed. Cam joined a team that had been 2-14 the previous year, with injuries galore and a handful of premium players. Flacco joined a team with one of the best defenses in the league and Ray Rice. You think Cam would have floundered in Flacco's spot with his teammates? You think Flacco would have made the '11 Panthers better than 6-10? Idiocy.

Posted by: Truth | Jul 26, 2013 8:54:54 PM

To compare Delhomme or Flacco to Cam Newton is like comparing glass to a diamond or a Big Mac to a Prime Rib. These two were part of very good Teams. The 2011 and 2012 Panthers were just bad.
I don't get some people. Cam has represented himself well and he his ALL TEAM.

Where has Cam TOOK us? Please. That is worth a good laugh.

Posted by: JWTiger | Jul 26, 2013 8:57:48 PM

You are full of it you can hater.

Posted by: cam fan | Jul 26, 2013 9:01:43 PM

can hater? May I introduce you to my friend Mavis Beacon.

Posted by: Ray | Jul 26, 2013 9:17:18 PM

Not sure what part of 'team sport' some folks don't get. One 'team member' can not make or break a team. Does Brady throw to himself? Block for himself? Play defense!?!?! Come'on man! Be thankful for Cam. Great kid. New GM (finally!) is already building a team around him. Exciting days ahead!

Posted by: catfanfromthestart | Jul 27, 2013 9:05:45 AM

The way you panther "fans" speak so poorly about Cam is pretty ridiculous. If you truly believe Flacco would have performed better under identical circumstances your just advertising a lack of football knowledge. I hope Cam ends up with another team and your panthers can sink back to irrelevance.

Posted by: jb | Jul 27, 2013 12:10:29 PM

JB, don't think that a few idiot message board trolls speak for real Panthers' fans, the majority of us know and appreciate what we have in Cam. Cam is improving, the GM has been a miracle worker so far, things are looking up. Patience and hard work, folks, patience and hard work.

Posted by: Rob | Jul 29, 2013 10:12:28 AM

I agree with jb. The way that half of Panthers fans crap all over Cam is embarrassing. He is a legitimate franchise QB with the potential to be a superstar. The Delhomme and Flacco comparisons are ridiculous. The 2003 Panthers had a great D and good play from the rest of the Offense and Flacco's Ravens have always had one of the best D's in the NFL. Delhomme was a game manager who caught fire for a couple of years and Flacco has improved from a game manager to be a play maker. Cam is a playmaker with the potential to be a nearly unstoppable force. But no one can do it alone. I hope we can all appreciate Cam, and Keuchly for that matter, for where he will 'took' us one day.

Posted by: Hough | Jul 29, 2013 10:15:06 AM

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