This fits with previous reports that said Newton doesn’t want a pay-as-go type of contract.
According to Rapoport, Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s contract could be a ballpark deal for Newton and the Panthers.
The Panthers and Newton discussed a potential deal before the start of the season, but no progress was made between the two sides. They are instead expected to broach the topic again during the offseason.
Ryan received a six-year, $113.75 million contract that included $59 million guaranteed guaranteed from the Falcons last year. In terms of total guarantees, Ryan is the third highest paid quarterback behind the deals signed by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Rams QB Sam Bradford, according to OverTheCap.com.
The Panthers picked up Newton’s fifth-year option, which will run them $14.666 million for the 2015 season. On top of that, Carolina will have the franchise tag at their disposal in 2016, so there may not be a rush to get a deal done right now from the Panthers point of view, especially when you consider their cap situation.
Newton, 25, has proven to be worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. This year, he has thrown for 1,643 yards and completed 60.1 percent of his passes to go along with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Newton has also contributed 214 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 quarterback in the league this season.