Panthers, Cam Newton Discuss Extension

The Carolina Panthers are in Indianapolis this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in search of their next star player. The team is also busy in Indianapolis trying to keep some of their current stars and have started discussions about a contract extension with quarterback Cam Newton.

According to a report by Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers have continued to have dialogue with Cam Newton’s representation about a possible contract extension. Newton is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Panthers and is set to become a free agent in 2016.

Unfortunately, it seems that the timeline for each side is drastically different and is all based on the market set for franchise quarterbacks. The Panthers have been wanting to get a long-term deal done for some time, offering an extension as far back as last year. The side for Cam Newton is more than content to wait and see what kind of contracts Indianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck and Seattle SeahawksRussell Wilson get.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported back in January that the Colts were beginning discussions of blockbuster extension that could average upwards of $25 million per year. Earlier this week, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Wilson could be the first quarterback in NFL history to receive a fully guaranteed contract extension.

The stat lines for the three quarterbacks’ yearly averages are very comparable however the big difference that sets Luck and Wilson apart from Newton is postseason success. Wilson has appeared in the last two Super Bowls, winning one, and Luck has three postseason wins over the past two years to Newton’s one.


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*All stats are yearly averages

General manager Dave Gettleman and the rest of the Panthers’ front office is going to be busy over the next year or so trying to work out contract extensions for a number of key players along with Newton. Tight end Greg Olsen, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis and cornerback Josh Norman all will have contracts expiring after this season. Some players do have contract options, like Kuechly, that can be picked up to buy them some time to work on the other players’ contracts.

However, the front office will need to be cognizant of what contract extensions they are offering. It is important that they are making sure they are not eating up too much cap space on one player, that they can’t re-sign some of their other players.

The re-signing of Cam Newton is going to be very important for this franchise, one that is on the cusp of competing with some of the top teams in the NFC. They earned their second consecutive playoff berth this past season, which included their first playoff win since 2005. 

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