Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Cam Newton says the only thing on his mind as the Panthers open training camp is a three-letter word: Win. Sure, Newton is aware of the $100 million contracts awarded this offseason to fellow NFL quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan - as well as the hefty deal that could await him after the season. But Carolina's franchise signal caller said a big contract isn't what motivates him entering year three. On seeing Ryan's five-year, $103.75 million extension, Newton shrugged it off saying, ''I didn't think anything. Good for him.'' Under the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement Newton isn't eligible for a contract extension until after this season. He's currently under contract through 2014 with a team option for 2015. To land a big contract, Newton - who is 13-19 as a starter and hasn't led Carolina to the playoffs - first might have to prove he can win consistently at the NFL level. And that's what he's out to do. ''Right now we have an opportunity to hone in and sharpen ...
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