The irony of this thread (especially regarding the people against Newton getting big $$)?
The fact that the Panthers have franchised him and allowed Cam another season to perform, gives him another chance to have a great season where he will have maximum bargaining power (if he didn't always maintain it). And we know how much the Panther organization gives in to public will?
Of course, Newton could have a poor season as well. Absolutely! However, after all the bad that's happened to Newton and the team this year, it's more likely he has a "Bang Up Year" next year, especially if Rivera and/or Shula are gone (we hope).
They didn't franchise him, they exercised the fifth year option of his rookie contract.