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Cam Newton Completes Degree In Sociology

Jun 6, 2015 6:47 PM

Cam Newton completed his degree in sociology from Auburn this week before signing a five-year, $103.8 million extension.

Newton recently sat down with ESPN’s Trey Wingo to talk about earning his degree. Here are portions of that interview, which aired Friday on "NFL Live", beginning with what it means to hear the words "college graduate."

"It just gives me so much chills," Newton told Wingo. "It’s like, I’m in the ... and the league class that so many people cherish, but I also can shine light to so many other people that was in the dark. Just to say, 'Why do I need my degree? I already got money. Why do I need my degree?' ... It's not about how it may seem to you. It just makes sense.

"I’m Cam Newton. I’m a graduate of ... of ... of a college. Not only a college, one of the best colleges. Or in my opinion, the best college, you know, in the nation at Auburn University."

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Cam Newton Signs $103.8M Extension With Panthers

Jun 2, 2015 5:24 PM

The Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton have agreed upon a five-year, $103.8 million extension.

The extension features $60 million guaranteed and will earn Newton $67.6 million in the first three years, according to the source. The deal further breaks down to a $22.5 million signing bonus, a $7.5 million roster bonus due Saturday, and a $1 million base salary this season which all totals to $31 million for this season, the source said.


Newton will be the highest paid player in the NFL in 2015 barring an extension for Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck.


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Cam Newton, Panthers Close To Extension Agreement

Jun 1, 2015 11:28 AM

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are close to agreement on a contract extension. The deal is likely to run through 2020.

Newton, the first pick of the 2011 draft, is in the final year of his rookie contract. Carolina exercised the fifth-year option on that deal last year, meaning Newton is currently set to make $14,666,666 in 2015 before an extension.


Newton's neal deal will likely average between $20 million and $21 million per season.

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Panthers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Luke Kuechly

Apr 26, 2015 12:18 PM

The Carolina Panthers have picked up their fifth-year option on Luke Kuechly's contract.

Kuechly has been one of the NFL's most productive linebackers since entering the league in 2012.

Kuechly will now be due $11.1 million for 2016. The Panthers are likely to work to sign him to a longer extension at some point.

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Greg Hardy Suspended 10 Games By NFL

Apr 22, 2015 4:12 PM

The NFL has suspended Greg Hardy for 10 games.

"The NFL’s investigation concluded Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force vs Nicole Holder in at least four instances."

Hardy left the Carolina Panthers to sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

“You should understand that another violation of this nature may result in your banishment from the NFL,” said Roger Goodell to Hardy.

If Hardy's suspension isn't reduced, his first game will be on Thanksgiving Day against the Panthers.

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NFL Reaches Deal With D.A. To Examine Photos From Greg Hardy's Trial

Apr 1, 2015 1:51 PM

The NFL has reached a deal with the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) District Attorney’s office to look at seven photos from Greg Hardy’s bench trial last summer. 

Hardy was found guilty in that trial, but appealed to have a jury trial and then had the charges dismissed when accuser Nicole Holder failed to appear in court.

Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and awaits a suspension from the NFL.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the photos are of Holder’s injuries and were taken by “a medical advocate.” They will only be seen by the NFL, NFLPA and any experts involved in the investigation.

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Panthers Sign Jarrett Boykin

Mar 27, 2015 4:04 PM

The Carolina Panthers have signed Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin is coming off a third season with the Green Bay Packers where he caught just three balls for 25 yards.

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Greg Hardy To Choose Between Cowboys, Buccaneers

Mar 18, 2015 11:55 AM

Greg Hardy will choose between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Hardy is undergoing a physical on Wednesday.

Hardy, 26, was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading Carolina with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.

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Raiders In Discussions With Greg Hardy

Mar 13, 2015 12:24 AM

The Oakland Raiders are in discussions with Greg Hardy on a contract.

Hardy is a free agent and remains on the commissioner's exempt list following domestic violence charges from the 2014 offseason that were eventually dismissed.

Hardy became one of the NFL's best pass rushers in 2012 and 2013.

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Greg Hardy To Meet With NFL

Mar 3, 2015 9:08 PM

Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case and possible reinstatement.

Hardy is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10 and has been on the commissioner's exempt list since mid-September.

He remained on the list after a Mecklenburg County judge dropped his domestic violence charges on Feb. 9 because accuser Nicole Holder refused to cooperate with the district attorney's office after reaching a financial settlement with Hardy.

Previously, the suspension for a first offense was two games. Hardy was arrested on May 13 and found guilty of assaulting and threatening Holder on July 15 by a Mecklenburg County judge.

That verdict was set aside when Hardy appealed and asked for a jury trial, which never occurred because the charges were dropped.

The Carolina Panthers are not expected to re-sign Hardy.

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Panthers Release DeAngelo Williams
The Panthers have about $6.6 million in dead money with the release of DeAngelo Williams.

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Cam Newton Willing To Let QB Market Reset
Cam Newton is scheduled to make a fully guaranteed $14.7 million in 2015 after the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option.

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Greg Hardy's Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed
Greg Hardy had reached a civil suit agreement with the woman, who couldn't be found for the criminal trial.

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Star Lotulelei Fractures Foot, Out At Least Two weeks
Star Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Panthers were to advance.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident
Cam Newton suffered two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

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Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself
Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

Joseph Person/Charlotte Observer

Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start
Derek Anderson will start for the Panthers with Cam Newton recovering from his car accident.

Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash
Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

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Cam Newton Injured After Truck Flips Over Four Times
Cam Newton has been injured in a two-car crash and taken to a Charlotte hospital.

Jonathan Jones/Charlotte Observer

Greg Hardy Wants To Play Again This Season
Greg Hardy hopes to play again this season while his domestic violence case is pending.

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Greg Hardy Will Miss Remainder Of Season As Trial Postponed
Greg Hardy was found guilty in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, which is now under appeal.

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Kelvin Benjamin Ran Slower 40 To Be Drafted By Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin was drafted with the 28th overall pick.

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Cam Newton Won't Avoid Sherman, Also Won't Be Idiot
Richard Sherman will likely draw Kelvin Benjamin on a lot of snaps, which is a matchup Cam Newton won't ignore.

David Newton/ESPN

Panthers To Give Cam Newton Extension 'In Due Time'
Cam Newton is making a base salary of $3.3 million this year, but is slated to get a bump to $14.6 million in 2015

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Steve Smith: Panthers, Gettleman Released Me For Personal Reasons
Dave Gettleman allegedly told Steve Smith that he wasn't as good as he formerly was, while also serving as a distraction to the team.

David Newton/ESPN

Greg Hardy Placed On Exempt List
Greg Hardy will not be allowed to play until the case is resolved and a suspension will be forthcoming thereafter.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Panthers, Greg Hardy Discuss Exempt List Possibility
Greg Hardy is one of the NFL's best pass rushers and was convicted of two domestic violence charges by a bench trial.


Panthers Unsure If Greg Hardy Will Play Week 3
The Panthers have no plans to release Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.

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Greg Hardy Inactive For Week 2
Greg Hardy had been scheduled to start, but assumedly will be kept off the field due to the overwhelming criticism the NFL has received.

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