I don't know the amount of Cam Newton's rookie contract, but does anyone else think that the offseason lockout has had anything to do with his performance. Look at other rookie quarterbacks who got paid millions before they even played a game i.e. Jamarcus Russell , Ryan Leaf, Vince Young. Personally I think the new negotiation that rookie's can't get the big contract right away has helped keep Newton humble. But if he keeps putting these performances up, we do need to pay him.