Newton is eligible for a contract extension for the first time since he was drafted in 2011. Despite clearly being Carolina’s franchise quarterback, he does not intend to holdout in hopes of obtaining a new contract.
“Absolutely not,” Newton told ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show.
Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson recently said he would not eliminate a holdout to receive a new contract this offseason, but Newton believes his situation is different.
“I think our positions are completely different,” Newton said (via PFT). “Being the leader of this team, I don’t think that would be a good look for me. Not taking anything away from Patrick, he’s an unbelievable player, and an elite corner in the league. But there’s some things cornerbacks can do that quarterbacks can’t.
“I’m not worried about contract discussions right now. My main focus is just becoming the better player I can become.”
Newton has improved, and it may benefit Carolina to lock up their quarterback now before another strong season increases his asking prices.
Last season, Newton led Carolina to its first playoff appearance since the 2008 season. Newton had 3,379 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, plus 585 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Overall, has 11,299 passing yards and 64 touchdowns, while adding 2,302 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Newton is slated to earn $3.378 million in 2014, the final year of his contract. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford signed a three-year extension worth $53 million prior to last season, which will likely be the starting point of negotiations between Carolina and Newton.
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