Cam Newton has created a lot of debates and discussion this year with his tremendous on-field play, complex touchdown celebrations and overall unique personality. But as it turns out, perhaps the biggest conversation that will involve the Panthers quarterback from this season started with the MVP doing something most people aren't used to seeing from him: staying quiet.
Following his team's loss to the Broncos in the Super Bowl, Newton gave a very uncharacteristic postgame presser, answering most of the media's questions with only a few words (if that) before abruptly standing up and leaving. This from a guy who is normally full of energy and can't stop smiling when the camera's on him.
Overall, the entire thing lasted about two and a half minutes. Here is video of its conclusion:
As the footage made its way around the web, social media exploded with reactions to it. A few Redskins players voiced their opinion on the matter, with DeAngelo Hall and Terrance Knighton seemingly lining up on different sides of the topic:
For most of the year, the 26-year-old has been nearly perfect. Sunday, however, was a tough day for Newton both in between the lines and at the podium. Nobody's questioning how much the loss is hurting him or his fellow Panthers, but they are going to question how he responded to it.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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