Cam Newton Agrees To Terms With Carolina Panthers

No. 1 overall pick will be guaranteed about $28 million less than last year's No. 1 pick.

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Cam Newton Contract Takes A $56 Million Hit Because Of New CBA

The new NFL collective bargaining agreement was not kind for rookies looking to cash-in, though it has all but eliminated hold-outs. Rookies are now locked in to a dollar amount, cutting back on the bloated contracts for high first-round picks. For the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton, the new CBA could not have been worse.

Comparing Newton's contract, which was signed on Friday, to Sam Bradford's contract is astonishing. Bradford was inked by the St. Louis Rams after being taken first in last year's draft.

Cam Newton's contract is worth $56 million less in overall money and $28 million less in guaranteed money than Sam Bradford's deal.

Is it cool to call this the JaMarcus Russell rule? Sure, let's call it the JaMarcus Russell rule.

Gone are the days of massive, record-breaking rookie contracts. The rookie scale was an important piece in the NFL lockout negotiations, but one that was far from a deal-breaking. In fact, an agreement on the rookie pay issue came weeks before the lockout was settled, with little resistance from the players' side.

For more on Newton's new home, head over to Cat Scratch Reader.

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Cam Newton Agrees To Terms With Carolina Panthers

Consider Cam Newton's bank account the first victim of the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft agreed to terms on Friday, reportedly accepting a deal that will guarantee him $22 million over four years. There's also a team option for a fifth year. With the new CBA effectively mandating how much each draft pick will be paid, the only part of the contract up for negotiation was the guaranteed money.

As a point of comparison, last year's No. 1 draft pick, quarterback Sam Bradford, signed a six-year deal worth $78 million that included $50 million guaranteed. Even assuming he wasn't able to demand more than that, as the trend in recent years has been, the new CBA which basically uses a slotting system, cost Newton at least $28 million in guaranteed money. On the plus side, Newton won't be holding out the way many top draft picks have. 

Newton was among the more dynamic college players last year at Auburn, passing for 30 touchdowns and rushing for 20 more. Those numbers helped him win the Heisman Trophy.

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