Cam Newton's dad: 'Anything we make is a blessing'
With the NFL seemingly intent on creating a rookie wage scale in a new collective bargaining agreement – one that will rein in massive guaranteed contracts for first-round draft picks – Cam Newton stands to make less than the man who came before him a year ago.
Sam Bradford, selected No. 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2010, signed a contract that included $50 million guaranteed. There’s no telling what the market will be like for Cam Newton, the top pick this year by the Carolina Panthers. Suffice to say, the NFL would like to see it reduced. Significantly.
Interestingly, Newton’s father Cecil – the man at the center of the NCAA investigation during Auburn’s national championship season – had some thoughts on the issue. Cecil Newton told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that he is confident DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA will “protect the interest of not only the first player picked, but Mr. Irrelevant as well.”
“I just want Cam to get out here, get on board with his team, do the right things on and off the field and the rest will take care of itself,” Cecil Newton said. “He’s played for so long for free that anything we make, man, is a blessing.”
So much for keeping Dad deep in the background these days. It’s interesting that Cecil Newton talked about how much money “we make” but he was so insistent that Cam Newton had nothing to do with his efforts to sell the football services of his son following a year at junior college. That was at the heart of NCAA investigations last season, a process that stained his son whether Cecil Newton wants to admit it or not.
“We just want to get to work. It’s been enough delays, enough (labor) negotiations,” Cecil Newton told Person. “We’ve got a good agent team together. They understand the negotiations. I’m sure ownership is going to understand it’s imperative that we get these numbers together, come to an agreement and get it moving.”
It’s hard to tell how Cecil Newton speaking publicly about his son can help any situation right now. Not when he’s discussing what “we make.” It's an interesting interview and worth checking out because Cecil Newton essentially tells Person he's trying to lay low. He's not exactly meeting that objective, is he?
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