Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/30/13
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said quarterback Cam Newton is a player he can build the franchise around. But Gettleman is quick to add ''but now it's time to win.'' In Gettleman's view, Newton has had the best first two seasons of any QB in NFL history, but said that gets lost on people ''because of the elephant in the room, which is his 13-19 record'' as a starter. In two seasons Newton has thrown for 7,920 yards and 40 touchdowns with 29 interceptions. He's also run for 1,447 yards and 22 TDs. He was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011. Newton's contract runs through the 2014 season and Carolina has an option to pick up another year in 2015. The Panthers would also have the option to use the franchise tag on Newton in 2016 if they haven't reached a long-term agreement prior to that point. Gettleman said the Panthers are in no hurry to extend Newton's contract right now. ''Technically you have rights to him for six years,'' Gettleman said. ''... I'm a big...
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