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Comparing Cam Newton's new contract to Dalton, Tannehill deals

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Cam Newton is receiving a new a deal with the Panthers. We compare it to those of Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill and other NFL QBs.

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The Carolina Panthers are making Cam Newton the next NFL quarterback to get a massive payday.

The extension has now been signed, and it's for an additional five years, through the 2020 season, worth more than $103 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Newton has had an up-and-down during the first four years of his career, so to see Carolina give him so much guaranteed money is a bit surprising. At least, it seems so when compared to some of the other QBs who've recently signed new mega-deals.

Here is a comparison of some key stats between Dalton, Newton and Tannehill. Because Dalton and Newton have one more accrued season than Tannehill, we'll look at their stats through their  first three years (2011-2013).

Quarterback

New Total Deals

Avg. Salary

Pass Yards

Pass TD

Rush Yards

Rush TD

INT

Rating

Wins

Playoffs

Andy Dalton

7 years, $105 million, $17M guaranteed

$15M/year

11,360

80

455

7

49

85.5

30

3

Ryan Tannehill

6 years, $97M, $45M guaranteed

$16M/year

11,252

63

760

4

42

84.0

23

0

Cam Newton

*6 years, $117M, $60M guranteed

$19.5M/year

11,299

64

2,032

28

42

86.5

25

2

*Newton was playing under a fifth-year option for 2016 that pays $14.66 million. Five years and 103 million was added to that through his extension.

As you can see, there's not much of a difference between the three outside until you look at Newton's rushing totals. That's what's getting him about $3 million more per year than Tannehill and Dalton. It's also a big reason why Newton got nearly triple the amount of guaranteed money Dalton is receiving.

So, how do these contracts compare to what other NFL QBs will make in 2015?

PLAYER         2015 CAP-HIT

1. Drew Brees: $26,400,000

2. Eli Manning: $19,750,000

3. Matt Ryan: $19,500,000

4. Aaron Rodgers: $18,250,000

5. Matthew Stafford: $17,721,250

6. Peyton Manning: $17,500,000

7. Philip Rivers: $17,416,668

8. Ben Roethlisberger: $17,245,000 (jumps to $23M in 2016)

9. Jay Cutler: $16,500,000

10. Alex Smith: $15,600,000

11. Colin Kaepernick: $15,265,753

12. Tony Romo: $14,973,000

13. Joe Flacco: $14,550,000 (jumps to $28M in 2016)

14. Tom Brady: $14,000,000

15. Cam Newton: $13,000,000

16. Sam Bradford: $12,985,000

17. Andy Dalton: $9,600,000 (jumps to $13M in 2016 and $15M in 2017)

22. Ryan Tannehill: $4,873,364 (jumps to $11M in 2016 and $20M in 2017)

Newton's 2015 cap hit actually takes a dip to $13 million, per ESPN's Jimmy Halsell.That's still enough to make him the 16th-ihghest paid QB in 2015.

While most would agree Newton has the highest ceiling between he, Tannehill and Dalton, it's harder to agree on which team is getting the better deal. The Bengals may have the weakest quarterback of the three, but after 2015, they can wash their hands of Dalton with minimal repercussions.

The same can't be said for Carolina and Miami, who are stuck paying their guys for the foreseeable future.