Cam Newton Signs With Panthers
Cam Newton will be making far less money than 2010 #1 overall pick Sam Bradford.
The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that Cam Newton is signed, sealed, and delivered. The #1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft signed a four-year deal worth more than $22 million in fully guaranteed money.
It's a good payday for Cam Newton, but it could've been much better. Sam Bradford signed a six-year deal worth $78 million last year with $50 million in guaranteed money. The new collective bargaining agreement sets a rookie wage scale for first-year players. The huge dollars that were once going to top draft picks who hadn't played a down in the NFL, will now be going to veterans who have proven themselves in the professional ranks. It's a smart move for the league, but bad news for this year's rookie class.