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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.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

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.

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Cam Newton completed 15-of-27 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 21-20 Week 17 win at Atlanta.

On a day the Panthers were very flat and fell behind 10-0 out of the gate, Newton willed his team to victory. He rushed 12 times for 72 yards, converting a fistful of critical third downs with his legs. With the win, the Panthers clinch both the NFC South and a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Newton's third NFL season ends with a career-low in passing yards (3,379), rushing yards (585) and rushing TDs (6), but he set career-highs in completion percentage (61.7), passing touchdowns (24) and wins (12). Still just 24 years old, there are few quarterbacks we'd rather own in Dynasty formats.

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Cam Newton doesn't expect his ankle injury to affect his mobility in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Newton is listed on the Week 17 injury report, but is practicing in full. Newton would never publicly admit his ankle is an issue, but it did indeed appear to slightly limit his mobility in Sunday's win over the Saints. Either way, he's going to start, and likely be in for a big fantasy day against the Falcons' wounded defense.

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Coach Ron Rivera said he's not concerned with Cam Newton's toe and ankle nicks.

Newton stubbed his toe against the Jets in Week 15 and was walking with a limp after tweaking his ankle against the Saints in Week 16. He's been getting treatment and is not expected to miss any practice time, but the nicks are a reason his rushing numbers have been down. Over the last two weeks, Newton has carries 11 times for just 18 yards with no touchdowns.

Cam Newton QB CAR 4 Months projects no rain in the Charlotte forecast for Sunday's Saints-Panthers game.

There is a 100 percent chance of rain in Charlotte today, but it's not expected to start until 4PM ET at the earliest, and the Saints and Panthers play at 1PM ET. Weather shouldn't be much of a factor in the game. The temperature will be in the 70s. Winds are expected at 16-17 MPH.

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Cam Newton played through a toe injury in Carolina's Week 15 win over the Jets.

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed the injury is "not that big a deal" at his Monday press conference. Cam suffered the injury late in the second quarter against the Jets. There was some question at halftime whether he'd start the third quarter. He did and did not miss a snap. Newton did not even undergo X-rays on the toe, and Rivera confirmed Cam does not have turf toe.

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Cam Newton completed 16-of-24 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Jets.

He added seven carries for 12 yards. Newton appeared to suffer a right leg injury on a tackle by Sheldon Richardson at the end of the first half, but finished the game without missing any plays. It was a solid bounce back performance after last week's loss to the Saints, though he got the majority of his passing yardage and only touchdown on a 72-yard screen pass to DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers led the entire game and Newton wasn't asked to do much. He'll remain a QB1 for next week's rematch with New Orleans.

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Cam Newton completed 22-of-34 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Saints.

He added six carries for 48 yards. Newton took five sacks and seven quarterback hits as the Saints' defense dominated the game. His touchdown came on a 17-yard pass to Steve Smith on a broken play late in the fourth quarter. Newton didn't have any turnovers, but struggled to move the offense and averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt. With three games remaining, the loss all but eliminates the Panthers from the NFC South title. Newton will remain a QB1 in a much easier matchup next week against the Jets.

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Cam Newton completed 18-of-29 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Carolina's 27-6, Week 13 win over the Bucs, adding five rushes for 68 yards and an additional score.

Newton missed some easy throws and made a terrible decision on his first interception, but mostly faced little resistance from a Bucs defense that had been playing better of late. Newton was a shoestring away from a 71-yard rushing touchdown on his 56-yards scramble in the first quarter, making up for it one quarter later when he dove across a mass of bodies at the goal for a one-yard score. Playing the best football of his career for the 9-3 Panthers, Newton gets the Saints' stout pass defense in the Superdome next Sunday.