Cam Newton: I’ll ‘absolutely not’ hold out for new contract

SuperCam isn’t going to let contract negotiations become the Panthers’ kryptonite.

Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, Cam Newton said he will “absolutely not” hold out for a new deal, and isn’t concerned with contractual matters at the moment.

“I don’t think that’s my main focus right now,” Newton said, via Profootballtalk.com. “My main focus is trying to become a better player. I think Russell Wilson put a lot of pressure on young quarterbacks, but needless to say, we don’t have that fallback answer no more. We’re no longer young quarterbacks.”

Newton is the first of the “new” generation of franchise quarterbacks to be eligible for an extension. Under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, players can not sign new deals until their fourth NFL season.

Newton, who’s due $3.37 million in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract, has other goals in mind, however.

“Going into my fourth year, I want to make that leap, make that stride to be a marquee quarterback in this league,” he said.

Despite being woefully underpaid (for now), Newton is saying all the right things and seems to be maturing in front of our very eyes. As long as that continues, we can expect the Panthers to eventually back up the Brinks truck for him.

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