The Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton reunited on a one-year deal Thursday, with the once-former now-current Panthers quarterback cashing in on a big payday to return to Carolina and help solve their QB woes.
The Panthers made the move in the wake of a Sam Darnold shoulder injury, which will shelve him for four to six weeks. Now, Newton returns to the place where he won an MVP and made a visit to a Super Bowl — making some nice cheddar in the process.
Here’s how much Newton will be making in his second tenure with the Panthers:
Cam Newton contract details
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Newton signed a one-year deal, worth up to $10 million for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Per Rapoport, Newton’s deal includes $4.5 million in fully guaranteed money with a $1.5 million roster bonus.
Source: The #Panthers are giving QB Cam Newton a 1-year deal worth up to $10M for the rest of year…includes $4.5M fully guaranteed and $1.5M roster bonus.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2021
It’s actually a pretty hefty payday for Newton, who is presumed to start in the coming weeks with the Panthers going through quarterback issues. For comparison, when Newton signed a one-year deal in 2020 to start for the Patriots, his contract had no guaranteed money and was worth up to $7.5 million.
Cam Newton career earnings
Per OverTheCap, Newton has made $128,735,498 over his 10-year career. That number includes $67 million in guaranteed money that he’s made with the Panthers and one year with the Patriots.
In 2015, Newton signed a big-money extension with Carolina, worth $103.8 million over five years. He was released with one year left on his deal in 2019.
As a rookie, Newton was the first player to fall prey to the NFL’s rookie wage scale, signing a fully guaranteed four-year, $22 million deal as the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. For comparison’s sake, quarterback Sam Bradford signed a six-year, $78 million deal with $50 million in guarantees the year before.