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Panthers exercised QB Cam Newton's fifth-year club option for 2015.

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Cam Newton is still wearing a walking boot one month removed from ankle surgery.

The team is still hopeful Newton will return for the start of training camp. He is likely to miss all of the Panthers' offseason program, however, and will have limited time to build chemistry with Carolina's new stable of wide receivers.

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Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman confirmed Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is unlikely to practice before training camp.

Gettleman's comments are in line with Newton's four-month timeline, so it's not a surprise. Even with the Panthers remaking their offensive line and receiver corps, they have no incentive to rush their franchise player's recovery. Newton will be ready to rock for Week 1.

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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he plans to exercise Cam Newton's 2015 fifth-year option.

It's a no-brainer move and buys the Panthers even more time before they are pressed to dish out a long-term deal to their franchise quarterback. Newton will earn just over $3 million in base salary this season. Under the terms of the fifth-year option, Newton will be paid the average of the NFL's ten highest-paid quarterbacks in 2015. That number currently stands near $14 million.

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Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton's ankle issues date back to college.

This confirms Newton's injury is of the cumulative variety, not an acute tear or sprain. He had surgery last week to tighten the ligaments and alleviate pain. Newton projects to be more explosive with his legs once he's done with a four-month rehab timetable.

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Cam Newton's ankle surgery was completed without complications Wednesday.

The procedure was designed to tighten ligaments in Newton's left ankle and give him more range of motion. "Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," read a statement from the Panthers medical staff. Newton's timeline has been set at four months, but he could be cleared to throw on a limited basis prior to that.

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Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be sidelined four months.

Newton battled an ankle injury at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. Team doctor Robert Anderson is a renowned foot and ankle specialist and will perform the operation in Charlotte. Per beat writer Joe Person, the goal of the surgery is to "tighten up the ligaments" in Newton's ankle. Newton should be ready to roll for the start of training camp. With an entirely new receiving corps on tap for Carolina, he can't afford to miss much time.

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Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, Cam Newton said he's "absolutely not" considering a holdout heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

"Being the leader of this team, I don't think that would be a good look for me," Newton said. "I'm not worried about contract discussions right now. My main focus is just becoming the better player I can become." This is the same Newton who was blasted for his leadership and maturity going into the 2011 draft. Whether it's via the franchise tag or a long-term deal, Newton will remain with the Panthers in 2015.

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The Charlotte Observer believes Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's first order of business this offseason will be to extend Cam Newton's contract.

Newton is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is coming off his best all-around season. When asked Tuesday, Gettleman declared Newton as the Panthers' franchise quarterback by saying, "Yes, no seven-second pause. Yes, he is. He proved it this year. He flat proved it." Beat writer Joe Person thinks the five-year, $76 million extension Matthew Stafford signed with the Lions this past year will be a starting point in negotiations from Newton's camp.

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Cam Newton completed 16-of-25 passes for 267 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions, and rushed 10 times for a team-high 54 yards in Carolina's Divisional Round loss to San Francisco.

Newton was intercepted on Carolina's second drive by 49ers coverage maven ILB Patrick Willis after forcing a flailed pass into the blitz. At the end of a promising late-first-quarter possession, Newton was buried on a fourth-down goal-line sneak by OLB Ahmad Brooks. Cam bounced back to give the Panthers a second-quarter 7-6 lead on an absolute dime to well-covered Steve Smith from 31 yards out. OC Mike Shula let Newton be his offensive centerpiece in this one, utilizing Cam heavily on designed runs and generally executing a pass-first attack. The Panthers simply left far too many points on the board near the goal line, and Newton's second pick in the fourth quarter to Donte Whitner sealed their fate. From a fantasy perspective, Cam has now finished as a top-four quarterback scorer in each of his first three NFL seasons. He was No. 3 behind only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in 2013.