Cam Newton's cool new photos are awesome enough to warrant a spot as my Twitter avatar right now. However, the Panthers top pick isn't letting that go to his head and, fortunately, is planning on joining his teammates in voluntary workouts.
The informal sessions are expected to begin next week in Charlotte, and Newton will be there along with his teammates. Interestingly though -- per Joe Pearson of the Charlotte Observer -- it appears his two agents, Tony Paige and Bus Cook, are a little at odds as to whether or not the No. 1 overall should be working out sans contract.
"When you're a rookie, especially as a quarterback, it's good to work on timing. But (it's) mainly getting around your teammates," Paige said. "I think Cam is excited about getting to know his teammates. Typically by now, he would know everybody."
Cook took a much different tone.
"I know it's non-contact and all that, but hypothetically if they get hurt - especially if it's season-ending or career-ending ... it could have a big impact," Cook said.
Yes it could. Like, for instance, having everyone in the South who cares about pro football just giving up and going back to rooting for the Redskins or Falcons.
It would also make Newton the single-biggest bust in the history of the NFL Draft, which is saying something.
But despite all of those concerns, the actual probability of Newton suffering a career-ending injury is pretty low. And certainly low enough to warrant Newton getting in some work with his teammates and eliminating any perception that he might be a diva who's more concerned with endorsements, etc., than he is with making an immediate impact as a football player.
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