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Cam Newton's option picked up

Updated: April 28, 2014, 11:10 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

The Carolina Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Cam Newton, locking up the first pick of the 2011 draft through the 2015 season, the team announced Friday.

General manager Dave Gettleman said last month at the NFL owners meeting that picking up Newton's option was the plan.

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

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