Around the League

Presented By

GM: Cam Newton is Carolina Panthers' franchise QB

Last July, when questioned about whether Cam Newton was the right quarterback to build a team around, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman answered with what The Charlotte Observer called "a pregnant, seven-second pause" before saying: "Yes he is. But now it's time to win."

Win Newton did. Along with a stout defense, the third-year NFL quarterback helped the Panthers win the NFC South and secure the conference's No. 2 seed.

During the team's end-of-season news conference Tuesday, there was no lull this time when Gettleman was asked if Newton is the franchise's quarterback of the future.

"Yes," Gettleman said. "No seven-second pause there. Yes he is."

The Panthers GM reiterated he doesn't discuss contracts with the media, but admitted that salary-cap issues currently hamstring his team.

"We're cap challenged. That's not going away any time soon," Gettleman said. " ... With that being said, do I feel Cam is a franchise quarterback? He proved it this year. He flat proved it."

Newton's overall numbers fell off this season, and he still must become a better pocket passer. However, he displayed the leadership qualities of a franchise quarterback and demonstrated that he can make plays with the game on the line.

The Panthers' salary cap still might be a mess next year, as Gettleman continues to clean up from the previous regime, but Newton is not going anywhere.

*The latest "Around The League Podcast" broke down all four divisional-round games and looked ahead to a monster conference championship weekend. *

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content


Get exclusive access to the offseason for $9.99

Go behind the scenes and watch the offseason like never before.