Newton, however, is in no rush to sign a deal as he's fine with waiting for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to hammer out new contracts first. That way, the quarterback market can reset, ensuring the maximum amount of dollars for Newton to earn.
In 14 games, Newton threw for 3,127 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for 539 yards and five touchdowns.
Rivera noted that he recently met with Newton and that he is as healthy as he has been in a very long time. Newton, No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft, threw for 3,127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2014.
"What I feel confident of is, in time, something will happen," general manager Dave Gettleman told the Charlotte Observer. "He’s our franchise quarterback. I want him here."
Newton, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, is 30-31-1 in four seasons. He has led Carolina to two straight playoff appearances.
Newton completed 23 of 36 passes for 246 yards and both scores. He was able to pull off some big plays during the contest, averaging 6.8 yards per completion. The Seattle defense did manage to put pressure on Newton quite a bit. While he was only sacked twice, Newton wound up picking up 11 rushing attempts. Some of those were designed runs, while other were a result of Newton running away from pressure. He gained 37 yards on the ground.
With the Panthers down two scores in the fourth quarter, Newton threw a back-breaking interception that basically sealed the game for the Seahawks. Newton led a strong drive, but had to rush his throw after the Seahawks defense put pressure on him. Kam Chancellor read the play well, and wound up with a 90 yard touchdown. Newton would throw a touchdown on the team's next drive, but the game was already out of hand.
With Carolina up 14-13, Newton threw a screen pass to running back Fozzy Whittaker, who then cut back across the field and scampered for a 39-yard touchdown. Then, after Arizona fumbled the kickoff, Newton dumped off a pass to running back Mike Tolbert for a 1-yard touchdown.
Newton also had seven carries for 35 yards and a fumble lost in the victory. Carolina will wait until Sunday to find out if they will travel to Seattle or Green Bay for the divisional round of the playoffs.
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