Cam Newton is about to get paid...big time.
ESPN 730 in Charlotte is reporting that the star quarterback and Carolina Panthers are nearing a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2020. USA Today Sports reports that the extension could be worth upwards of $100 million. Newton is currently set to make $14.6 million this upcoming season.
Increasing Newton's market value were recent quarterback deals such as the $96 million the Miami Dolphins gave Ryan Tannehill, San Francisco 49ers inked Colin Kaepernick to a $126 million deal and Cincinnati Bengals locked up Andy Dalton long term with a 6-year $115 million contract.
Newton's overall record is 30-31-1 and 1-2 in the playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Newton's 33 rushing touchdowns are the most by any QB in his first four NFL seasons.
Last season, Newton's Panthers clinched the NFC South division despite a losing 7-8-1 record. They made the most of their playoff appearance, though, scoring a 27-16 wild-card win over the Arizona Cardinals before losing to the eventual NFC champion Seattle Seahawks 31-17 in the divisional round.
Newton threw for 3,127 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for another five scores.
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