Carolina Panthers have today exercised a clause in the contract of their star quarterback Cam Newton that sees them take a fifth-year option on the QB that will see him stay at least until the end of the 2015 season.
The move was expected to happen in the near future but the fact that the Panthers have managed to get the deal done so early bodes well for pre-season workouts.
Newton will make nearly $15 million from the move according to NFL Network's league insider Albert Breer.
Having his contract sorted will certainly help Newton as he prepares for another dominate season in 2014 after a high quality campaign last year.
Breer tweeted earlier, "The Panthers have exercised their fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton. He's under contract thru 2015 now.
"Cam Newton's option for 2015 is worth $14.67 million. With the $22.03 million he's due from '11-14, 5-year take will be about $36.7 million."
Newton was drafted first overall out of Auburn where he won the Heisman Trophy. He was also responsible in overseeing his sides undefeated season and National Championship in college.
Since he hit the NFL he has been equally impressive with big numbers in the air and on the ground aplenty.
But last season saw his breakout year as a signal caller as the Panthers made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Newton and the Panthers will be looking for more of the same in 2014.