GM expects to use option on Newton

Updated: March 25, 2014, 2:12 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Carolina Panthers expect to use the fifth-year option to lock up Cam Newton through 2015 and give the team time to negotiate a long-term deal with the quarterback.

"Yes," general manager Dave Gettleman said Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting. "Yes, that's a fair statement."

Carolina has until May 3 to inform Newton and his representation it will use the fifth-year option that was built into the new collective bargaining agreement.

The team likely ...

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