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June 04, 2014

What Kaepernick's contract means for Newton, Panthers

Colin Kaepernick is set to receive the most guaranteed money in NFL contract history after inking a six-year extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick’s six-year deal is worth up to $126 million with $61 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.

So what does that mean for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton? He and Kaepernick came into the league in 2011 and both are considered two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.

Carolina exercised the fifth-year option on Newton for the 2015 season, an option that will earn Newton $14.67 million one year after his initial four-year, $22 million deal runs out.

The Panthers have made it clear Newton is the quarterback of the present and future for the team, and the fifth-year option was the most cost-effective way to keep Newton with the team while buying time to work on a long-term extension and avoiding him hitting the free-agent market.

But just how much? Newton’s camp will surely come to the table with Kaepernick money in mind. They can point to his better statistics, his durability and what he’s done for the Panthers with less than what Kaepernick has in San Francisco.

Carolina, which by this point will have gotten out of its salary cap woes if GM Dave Gettleman has his way, will come in lower—just like in any negotiation between two sides. The Panthers will say they want to keep Newton around, but they will also point to Kaepernick’s two trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance as a reason for such a big number.

There’s also some retroactive pay involved in Kaepernick’s deal. A second-round pick, Kaepernick signed a four-year deal worth $5.12 million in 2011. A quarterback with his playoff resume is worth much more than that.

NFL salary cap expert Joel Corry gives a good idea of how much Newton, who’s coming off his first career playoff appearance, may receive in his second contract.

 

A six-year deal worth around $18 million would give Newton a $108 million contract. Dallas QB Tony Romo, Chicago QB Jay Cutler and Detroit QB Matthew Stafford are all around $18 million per year.

Of the 17 NFL players with the most guaranteed contract money (pre-Kaepernick), 13 are quarterbacks and seven have at least one Super Bowl ring. Only two do not have a playoff win.

There's little to no doubt the Panthers will have a big number in mind for Newton. And the more playoff wins he can add to his impressive resume, the closer he'll be to Kaepernick's contract.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 4, 2014 at 04:59 PM | Permalink

Comments

Should've paid him before Kaepernick got his contract. A good year with a playoff win, and he will demand top money in the league...and get it.

Posted by: RB Ron | Jun 4, 2014 5:18:31 PM

If I were in Cam's position I would make a deal saying that I wiould take less money in my contract only if that money goes to bringing in a top tier WR. It would help him win more,, have better numbers and ultimately make him more money in endorsements. He would make the money up that way and quite likely make more. I am a big picture guy though and I don't see that happening buth hey, maybe it could.

Posted by: Dennis | Jun 4, 2014 6:29:28 PM

Sorry, but I just don't believe Cam Newton is a star QB - his lack of maturity and inability to lead together are a huge deficit for a QB in the NFL where one does not last long as a QB trying to do it on his mere athleticism. Carolina would do better aiming for a your prodigy, classic drop-back passer and proceed from there. I'll be surprised if Newton survives the 2014-2015 season walking upright. Sorry, it is what it is.

Posted by: George Watson | Jun 4, 2014 7:20:24 PM

As Charles Johnson said, "Big money do big things."

Posted by: RedZone | Jun 4, 2014 7:24:09 PM

George Watson, your pathetic attempt at a QB assessment is idiotic. Cam LEAD the Panthers to come back wins & the playoffs. Being athletic enough dodge & out run defenders does not negate his pocket passing ability. Sorry your arrogance & idiocy out weigh your intelligence, it is what it is.

Posted by: GAPanther | Jun 4, 2014 9:26:45 PM

Keep in mind, no matter what Cam does, there will always someone to down play it. he could win 3 straight Super Bowls and some haters would still say he sucks. It is what it is.

Posted by: Kenny | Jun 4, 2014 9:41:10 PM

George Watson is a moron

Posted by: Benny Blaze | Jun 4, 2014 10:31:27 PM

Cam sucks. We need a new quarterback.

Posted by: John Anderson | Jun 5, 2014 5:57:54 AM

Cam is a great player and the Panthers are where they are today largely because of his play. Cam broke four records his first year in the pros and has made the Pro Bowl 2 of his three years. Can't argue with facts. Professionals pick the Pro Bowl candidates.

Posted by: Will | Jun 5, 2014 8:12:09 AM

When you are right, you are right! Cam is a winner. Let's not forget National Champion, Heisman Trophy Winner, and Number "Uno" in the 2011 draft.

Posted by: Will | Jun 5, 2014 8:15:50 AM

Benny Blaze maybe you need to find a new team to root for if you going come out your mouth and say some dumb mess like that. Obviously the man don't suck when he been breaking records and leading the offense down field to help us put points on the board. So how are you going sit there ams say he suck maybe it's you the one who suck. Go cheer for the raiders you bandwagon dummy.

Posted by: Brandon Dorsey | Jun 5, 2014 10:28:18 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 5, 2014 11:14:55 AM

can we trade him for russell wilson ???

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 5, 2014 12:07:53 PM

Given that both QB's have the same agent, that leaves little doubt that this was a collaborative effort to achieve one outcome. I like Cam, I don't love Cam. The other names listed in the $18M per year club (Romo, Cutler, Stafford) are all examples of the downside of paying players who theoretically are stars on their teams. Each are severe underachievers in the NFL at the QB spot. If Kaepernick doesn't back up his contract with his play which ultimately means a SB win then he too will be lumped in with the host of other mediocre QB's in the league. No player is honestly worth that kind of money, but things being as they are...... It is what is......

Posted by: Tobacco Road | Jun 5, 2014 12:08:33 PM

FOR THOSE PANTHER FANS THAT DOUBT CAM NEWTON ARE CRAZY OR DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE SPORT OR DON'T STAND THAT EVERY QB IN THE LEAGUE HAS A SYSTEM THAT IS PUT IN TO MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL. RUSSELL WILSON IS NOT BETTER THE SYSTEM AND THE COACHES MAKES RUSSEL WILSON. CAN RUSSEL WILSON PLAY QB FOR THE BRONCOS OR THE PATRIOTS AND MAKE THE SUPER BOWL HELL NO. B/C HE HAS TO BE A DROP BACK PASSER. IDIOTS ! NOW AM FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND AM A GAMECOCK FAN AND DURING CAM NEWTON AUBURN CAREER I DIDN'T LIKE B/C I FELT THE DUDE CAN BE STOP AND OUR GAMECOCKS COULDN'T BEAT THE KID B/C HE IS TALENTED AND BLESSED WITH A SKILL THAT FEW NFL PLAYERS POSSES. BUT WHEN CAM GOT DRAFTED BY MY PANTHERS I WAS DOUBTFUL OF HIM PLAYING QB FOR US. BUT HE SURPRISE ME AND NOW I SEE WHY MY GAMECOCKS COULDN'T BEAT THE KID. HE IS ACTUALLY BECOMING BEFORE YOUR EYES A POCKET PASSER IF YOU ASK ME IF CAM USES HIS FEET LIKE RUSSEL WILSON OR KEAPERNICK WE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SUPER BOWL LAST YEAR. BUT THE KID IS WORKING ON THE PART OF HIS GAME THAT WILL MAKE HIM A WINNER IN THIS LEAGUE AND LETS DON'T FORGET OUR SECONDARY WASN'T HALF OF WHAT THE SEAHAWKS AND 49NERS HAD LAST YEAR. SO GIVE CAM A BREAK. I THINK Y'ALL CAM NEWTON HATERS ARE DIE HARD CLEMSON FANS, GAMECOCK FANS ETC THAT ARE PANTHER FANS AS WELL. OR Y'ALL JUST MIGHT BE PLAIN RACIST. BUT HE IS GOING TO WIN Y'ALL OVER DON'T FORGET HE IS GOING TO BE THE ONLY FRANCHISE QB WITH TALENT THAT IS WILLING TO PLAY IN A SMALL MARKET CITY IN THE CAROLINAS WE WILL EVER HAVE. YOU JUST DON'T SLIP ON A GOOD QB NO MATTER IF YOU HAVE THE 1ST OVERALL PICK IN THE DRAFT. SUCKAS !

Posted by: Metro803 | Jun 5, 2014 12:52:26 PM

Actually, l had looked at Cam getting about 90-100 Mil over 6 yrs with about 48Mil guaranteed. This would not strap the team, but be FMV for his position. But we also have to remember who his agent is & he's notorious on getting the QB's paid; ie Brett Favre....Now, if he wins a SB or competes in 2 or more NFC Champ games, then you could pay him FMV for SB winners or championship level QB's. Some people thrive off of negativity, but we all know that Cam's a great QB and the future of the new wave NFL..

Posted by: David | Jun 5, 2014 2:41:24 PM

I would give Cam a 5-year $200MM contract, fully guaranteed. I'd love to make him the highest-paid QB in history at $40MM/year.

This is what I do, people! I bankrupt the team's future for one player! :D

Posted by: marty hurney | Jun 5, 2014 3:54:23 PM

The bottom line is pretty simple. The Panthers win a playoff game this season, Cam can expect an awesome contract. If they don't, he can expect one like Cutler... or Caper-dick, with all kinds of 'if you do this, and if you do that...' (Yep, the media is full of CRAP. There is very little 'guaranteed money' for Caper-dick if he doesn't 'BRING IT'.)

Posted by: RWPanther | Jun 5, 2014 5:44:51 PM

do we really need a QB?

just wildcat snap the ball to JStew, the piano man, and let him do his thing.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 5, 2014 6:11:51 PM

What a bunch of idiotic morons. Cam Newton is a beast in this league now. And will continue to be one of the few Elite left after Tom Brady and Peyton Manning retire. I understand your hate though. I would to if he wasn't my QB. #CP4L #KEEPPOUNDING #PANTHERNATION

Posted by: Lee Blango | Jun 5, 2014 8:12:08 PM

Let's see what Anderson can do.

Posted by: GeminiHotCake | Jun 5, 2014 8:29:35 PM

Panther Nation,
Yes it is what it is.....Cam Newton will get the money that is due him to be THIS TEAM QB. THERE IS NO OTHER. Bottom line to replace him would mean everything to this point was for NOTHING. These are players & NOT shoes that you can change colors at a whim. So it is NOT a subject for debate truly he is our QB period. PONY UP & PAY UP this is the business we have chosen to support. Go Panthers!

Posted by: William Aaron Berry III | Jun 6, 2014 9:03:37 AM

passing is below average in accuracy
leadership issues after a few yrs in the league
pouting on the sidelines
can't win close games
doesn't see the field as well as he should

he still has some work, but he'll get paid big time.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 6, 2014 12:58:53 PM

you guys STILL want to blame hurney for the "problems"?

last i checked we made the playoffs this past season because of him, and won't this year because of gettleman trying to shake things up.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 6, 2014 3:07:01 PM

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