NEWTON SIGNS WITH THE PANTHERS

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: August 1, 2011

Ready, set, 
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Ready, set, go!

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) A year later and eight million dollars short.

Yes, that’s the reality for the No.1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton.

Because after the NFL lockout, which lasted 136 days, Newton reportedly signed a four year, 22 million dollar deal with the Carolina Panthers.

That’s not chump change by no means.

But when you consider the fact that last year’s No.1 draft pick, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford signed a six-year, $78 million contract with the St.Louis Rams last summer, the lockout definitely hurt Newton’s pockets.

With Newton’s new lucrative contract signed, now, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner will have to compete against Jimmy Clausen for the starting quarterback position in training camp, which is held at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

If Newton becomes a starter, he will be one of the four big-named (QB’s) under center in the pass friendly, competitive NFC South, which include Drew Brees (Saints), Josh Freeman (Bucs), and Matt Ryan (Falcons).

STARTING RECORDS OF ACTIVE NFL QUARTERBACKS (Minimum 10 starts) QUARTERBACK W L T PCT.

Tom Brady 111 32 0 .776 Matt Ryan 33 13 0 .717 Ben Roethlisberger 69 29 0 .704 Philip Rivers 55 25 0 .688 Peyton Manning 141 67 0 .678 Joe Flacco 32 16 0 .667 Tony Romo 39 22 0 .639 Vince Young 30 17 0 .638 Donovan McNabb 97 57 1 .629 Mark Sanchez 19 12 0 .613 Michael Vick 46 31 1 .596 Rex Grossman 20 14 0 .588 Jake Delhomme 56 40 0 .583 Eli Manning 60 43 0 .583 Drew Brees 79 58 0 .577 Aaron Rodgers 27 20 0 .574 Chad Pennington 44 37 0 .543 Matt Moore 7 6 0 .538 Matt Cassel 24 21 0 .533 Matt Hasselbeck 69 62 0 .527 Kyle Orton 32 29 0 .525 Todd Collins 11 10 0 .524 Josh Freeman 13 12 0 .520 Mark Brunell 78 73 0 .517 David Garrard 39 37 0 .513 Jay Cutler 34 34 0 .500 Shaun Hill 13 13 0 .500 Tarvaris Jackson 10 10 0 .500 Sage Rosenfels 6 6 0 .500 Byron Leftwich 24 25 0 .490 Chad Henne 13 14 0 .481 Carson Palmer 46 51 0 .474 A.J. Feeley 7 8 0 .467 Matt Schaub 25 31 0 .446 Charlie Batch 23 29 0 .442 Sam Bradford 7 9 0 .438 Chris Simms 7 9 0 .438 Kyle Boller 20 26 0 .435 Marc Bulger 41 54 0 .432 Trent Edwards 14 19 0 .424 Jason Campbell 27 37 0 .422 Derek Anderson 18 25 0 .419 Patrick Ramsey 10 14 0 .417 Matt Leinart 7 10 0 .412 Jon Kitna 50 74 0 .403 Alex Smith 19 31 0 .380 Ryan Fitzpatrick 12 23 1 .347 Chris Redman 4 8 0 .333 Seneca Wallace 6 12 0 .333 Charlie Frye 7 16 0 .304 J.P. Losman 10 23 0 .303 Bruce Gradkowski 6 14 0 .300 Billy Volek 3 7 0 .300 David Carr 23 56 0 .291 Brady Quinn 3 9 0 .250 Matthew Stafford 3 10 0 .231 Jimmy Clausen 1 9 0 .100 Tyler Thigpen 1 11 0 .083 Brodie Croyle 0 10 0 .000