Cam Newton is under contract for the upcoming season, but the Carolina Panthers need to decide on whether or not to exercise his option for the 2015 season. If Dalton and Cutler are getting deals this big, how much should Cam Newton get when he signs a new contract with the Carolina Panthers?
How well were Cam Newton and Andy Dalton supposed to do in the NFL?
Cam Newton and Andy Dalton were both drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton was drafted number one overall by the Carolina Panthers and Dalton was drafted 35th by the Cincinnati Bengals. Newton had a lot of hype coming into the draft and Dalton was just seen as a proven winner, but was projected to struggle with the transition to the NFL.
Let’s compare Andy Dalton and Cam Newton:
Andy Dalton started his rookie year and brought his winning ways to the NFL. His record in the regular season is 30-15, and he has thrown 33 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. The problem is his consistency and performance in the playoffs. There are some games where you think “Wow, he deserves this pay raise!” and then other games you are not sure Dalton should even be a starter. Dalton and the Bengals have made the playoffs every year that he has been the starting quarterback, but all three times they have been knocked out in the wild-card round. Is the fourth time going to be a charm? Overall he is a winner, but will his success translate to the playoffs?
The Panthers team record has improved every year, so does this mean Newton is maturing and getting better? Absolutely! Cam Newton is still having fun, but he has worked, improved his accuracy, and is becoming the leader of this team. Cam Newton needs to play well in order for the Panthers to succeed. He is the face of the Panthers and deserves to get paid! Andy Dalton’s contract ensures that Cam will land the big bucks. The question remains, just how much?
How much money does Cam Newton deserve?
By +Justin Raymond