Of course we hope it doesn't come to that:
Cam Newton not planning a holdout | National Football Post
Newton could get a contract extension as he heads into the fourth year of his original rookie deal. The Panthers can also exercise a fifth-year option for Newton. "I'm not worried about contract discussions right now," Newton said Monday during The Dan Patrick Show. "My main focus is just becoming the better player I can become."
I imagine Greg Hardy is the priority right now but then getting Newton's cap numbers settled has to be high up the priority list. Only then will Getts know what he has to work with regarding the rest of the roster. The Panthers do have incentive to get it done early given the value of Newton's 5th, optional year:
Cam Newton will make roughly $22 million in first four seasons | ProFootballTalk
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reported that NFLPA* reps were told in a presentation Wednesday that Cam Newton would make roughly $22 million in the first four years of his contract. (There is room for some negotiation.) The Panthers will have a fifth year option which the players estimate would be worth $14 million, for an estimate of $36 million over five years.
A new deal would certainly knock down the cap hit for that 5th year.