One thing I've noticed about Cam since ever since 2010 is that he's kept himself far away from trouble off the field. So whatever this pic is (which I have no idea), it is almost certainly something uncontroversial (unless someone creates a controversy out of it) and he is deserving of any benefit of doubt.
Because it would have had to been at least a 4 years contract in the area of $64 million dollars (probaby around $30 to $32 million guaranteed). Doing that would have eliminated signing Cam to a long term extension. Ask yourself which of the two contracts the Carolina Panthers would have likely been more interested getting done.
In his 4 years at Bama, he won 3 national championships. BUT, also in those 4 years, he had to experience the 2010 "Camback" Iron Bowl (where Auburn was down 24-0 in the 2nd quarter in Tuscaloosa and Cam led them back to a 28-27 win on the way to Auburn winning the BCS Championship) and the 2013 "Kick Six" Iron Bowl (where Auburn returned a failed FG attempt 109 yards for a last second TD to win the game 34-28). So, yeah, I can imagine the pained expression was genuine... lol. But, in all seriousness, he's a professional. Just like Cam is a professional. Their college football rivalries in the locker room are reserved for fun. There are no rivals on your own side of the field. Only teammates. (At least that's supposed to be how its done, right?)
I stopped reading Sports Illustrated in 1985 when they did a feature article on why Heisman voters should vote for Joe Dudek of Div. III Plymouth State instead of Bo Jackson. http://grantland.com/features/the-story-bo-jackson-joe-dudek/
Well, the fact that he was never given a single shot with the 1's in the first three games is all we need to know about how the coaches felt about him, right? I'm with you in that I liked what I saw against the 2's, 3's, and the dregs. Obviously the coaches didn't think he'd be effective against the 1's. Yet they're still confident in ol' Philly... huh.