Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Close To Long-Term Deal
The Carolina Panthers seem to be sticking with quarterback Cam Newton into the indefinite future. Sources say they're close to finalizing a long-term deal.
While details are yet to be confirmed, the deal is set to likely run through 2020, reports ESPN.
Newton, which was the first pick of the 2011 draft, is in the final year of his rookie contract. Carolina exercised the fifth-year option on that deal last year, meaning Newton is currently set to make $14,666,666 in 2015 before an extension.
The QB's camp is seeking a contract with a high percentage of the money guaranteed... and not tied to injuries or other clauses to increase the base value.
Since entering the NFL, Newton has gone 30-31-1 for the Panthers and 1-2 in the playoffs. His 33 rushing touchdowns are the most by any quarterback in his first four seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.