Panthers Will Have to Show Cam The Flacco Money
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco just signed the biggest deal in NFL history at 6 years and $120 million. Cam Newton’s contract is up in 2 years. I expect him to eventually get a similar deal from the Carolina Panthers.
I know what you are thinking. Cam hasn’t had a winning season or made the playoffs. Or you are saying that Cam can’t get paid like a Super Bowl winning QB who has won at least one playoff game in each of his 5 years in the league. But, the truth is that he can in the future. Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Matt Schaub all contracts of close to equal value. But, only one has done well in the playoffs. It is all about when you sign. Just like the cost of beer is only going to go up (sorry Celania), so is the cost of QBs.
Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers will get deals in the next couple years and my guess is that Rodgers will blow away Flacco’s contract. I think Ryan might even get slightly more than Joe as well. The point is that the highest paid QB title is a moving target. In 5 years, $120 million for a QB won’t stick out like a sore thumb.
And, that is why the Panthers have to try to sign Cam long term early. They can’t wait until his contract is up and he has the leverage. They also can’t afford to have to place the franchise tag on Cam either. The exclusive tag is over $20 mill now and will onluy grow in the next few years. And, the non exclusive tag would mean that he could be stolen away if a team wants to give Carolina 2 first round picks.
Bottom line is that the Panthers can’t afford to use the #1 pick on Cam, develop him and then let him go somewhere else to excel. And, that means they better show him the “Flacco Money.”