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April 02, 2014

Agent: Cam Newton recovering well from surgery


The agent for Cam Newton said the Panthers' quarterback is recovering well following surgery on his left ankle two weeks ago.

"He's doing fine," agent Bus Cook said Wednesday after South Carolina's pro day. "I mean, Cam's a big, strong, tough kid. So he'll be fine."

Newton underwent surgery March 19 in Charlotte to have the ankle ligaments tightened. He is expected to miss all of the Panthers' organized team activities this spring but should be back for training camp at the end of July.

Cook also represents Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who worked out Wednesday in front of representatives from 30 of the 32 teams and more than 120 credential media members.

Cook said he wasn't surprised to hear the Panthers plan to use the fifth-year club option on Newton for the 2015 season. General manager Dave Gettleman said last week the Panthers would use the option, which must be exercised by May 3.

The move would guarantee Newton a salary of $14.7 million for 2015, although the two sides could continue to work on a long-term extension after the option is picked up.

The new collective bargaining agreement limited the guaranteed money first-round picks received in their initial, four-year contracts, and gave clubs control of the fifth year, as well. Newton signed a four-year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million after the Panthers drafted him first overall in 2011.

Cook said he expected most teams to use the 2015 option on the first-round picks from 2011.

"There are a few that won't do it. But I suspect most of the teams will," Cook said. "It'll still give you time to work on another deal if that's the case. If they don't use it, they lose it. But if they do use it, then it just buys more time.

"So either way. But I strongly feel that they'll pretty much exercise that option."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 2, 2014 at 02:30 PM | Permalink


Hope Cam's owie get better soon!

Posted by: James Clausen | Apr 2, 2014 2:44:24 PM

somehow, his recovery is the least of our worries.

and there is no incentive to extend prior to exercising the option. otherwise you're just giving away free money because you think you're going to lose a guy you have to pay more than anybody else could afford to anyways.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 2, 2014 3:48:18 PM

Walk it off !!

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Apr 2, 2014 3:49:25 PM

I mean, Cam's a big, strong, tough kid. So he'll be fine.

this really makes no sense. nice spin from the agent.

Posted by: tony clifton | Apr 2, 2014 3:58:57 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Apr 2, 2014 4:00:21 PM

Rub some dirt on it.

Posted by: Riverboat | Apr 2, 2014 4:50:54 PM

Cam is a good player who will take a lot of punishment in 2014 thanks to the Panthers providing him with no OL and practically no receivers. The Panthers will have to pay him. Pay the man.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 2, 2014 9:21:01 PM

Cam I look forward to watching you bounce back and organize your team the way I know you are capable of doing. You have only impressed me so for in your NFL career. I only expect more greatness in the upcoming season.

Posted by: Margaret | Apr 14, 2014 10:04:31 AM

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