The Carolina Panthers are tying their future to Cam Newton.
Newton signed a five-year extension that will keep him under team control through the 2020 season, the Panthers announced on Tuesday. The deal is worth $103.8 million with Newton receiving $67.6 million over the first three years, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source involved in the situation.
Rapoport added the extension contains $60 million in guarantees. The signal-caller also will earn $30 million the first year of the deal.
Bandwidth and air time will be wasted this week debating whether Newton is worthy of such a contract with more guaranteed money than Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Tannehill and Andy Dalton.
It’s an unalterable reality of 21st century football that teams fortunate enough to boast a quarterback identified as the face of the franchise pay what it takes to maintain that luxury.
The Panthers clearly value Newton as a legitimate franchise quarterback with his best years on the immediate horizon.