AUBURN, Alabama — Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is set to cash in on his Heisman Trophy-winning season with the Tigers.
The first pick in the NFL draft in April is expected to sign a four-year $22 million contract with the Carolina Panthers, an amount determined by the NFL’s new rookie wage scale, according to the Charlotte Observer. Players and owners ended a months-long lockout Monday, setting in motion the opening of camps and the signing of contracts.
Newton has had walking-around money since singing a $1 million endorsement deal with Under Armour in February. That was the biggest ever for an NFL rookie.
Newton will see a lot of familiar faces when the Panthers begin workouts — offensive lineman Lee Ziemba was drafted by Carolina, and receiver Darvin Adams and offensive lineman Ryan Pugh said they’re signing free agent contracts with the team.
Auburn had four players drafted, and seven more players, including Adams and Pugh, are set to sign free agent contracts today. Some fellow former Tigers are likely to follow suit.