The key number with any NFL contract is the guaranteed amount. According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the contract extension between the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton is expected to be somewhere in the range of $46 and $48 million dollars. The total contract is expected to earn Newton an average salary of $21 million a year over five seasons.
The guaranteed total in Newton’s contract would rank him sixth among current NFL quarterback contracts. It would be higher than Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill ($45,000,000) and Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan ($42,000,000) according to Spotrac.
Meanwhile, the $21 million average salary would rank Newton third in the NFL just slightly below Ben Roethlisberger ($21,850,000) and slightly above Ryan ($20,750,000).
The news of Cam Newton’s contract extension broke early Monday morning by Marty Hurnery on ESPN 730.
The stats are there to warrant this type of contract for Newton who has averaged over 3,600 passing yards and over 20 passing touchdowns for his career. He also has been very dependable by only missing 2 games to date even though he is a mobile quarterback.
However, the knock on Newton will be the fact that he has only won one playoff game to date. The questions will now begin to start about whether or not he can live up to the pressure of being paid as a franchise quarterback.
For the Panthers, this a move that they had to make. In their 21 seasons in the NFL, Newton has been the closest thing they have had to a franchise quarterback. Also, while Newton may not be one of the best in the league, or even in the Top 10, he is still a better option than half the teams in the NFL have at the moment.
The move has yet to be finalized but at the end of the day this is something that made sense for both sides. The team has solidified the quarterback position for the foreseeable future and can continue to focus on putting pieces around Newton.
Brandon Croce is the Lead Publisher for PantherInsider.com. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonCroce.