Carolina Panthers' first-round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft, quarterback Cam Newton has reportedly just signed a five-year deal worth $103.8 million including $60 million in guaranteed money.
Newton completed his original rookie contract that paid him roughly $22 million from 2011-2014. The $60 million guaranteed makes Newton the second highest in this category coming in behind San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick who inked a deal that guarantees him $61 million. Newton's $103.8 million has him ranked as the sixth-highest paid quarterback when it comes to overall salary. Throughout the course of Newton's four-year career, he holds a 30-31-1 win/loss/tie record. Since Newton's tenure with the Panthers, the team achieved one playoff game in 2013 and two series of playoffs in 2014. Their last playoff game ended in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional matchup. Newton's gigantic guaranteed portion of money must mean the team has extreme faith in him moving forward. He recently made the comment that "nobody has ever been who he is trying to be." Let's hope that we find out exactly what he is talking about starting with this season. Newton's new paycheck should assist in setting the trend for quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, both whom will the next in line to see contract extensions within the next year.
Cam Newton's new 5-year, $103.8 million deal also includes $60 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2015