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Cam Newton must mature to take the next step.
The Carolina Panthers and new general manager Dave Gettleman are in a precarious position this offseason.
Former GM Marty Hurney, deservedly fired last October, left the team in a significant salary-cap bind, doling out horrendous contracts to players like Charles Godfrey, Jon Beason, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
It will be extremely difficult for Gettleman to manage the cap, and the Panthers will likely be forced to improve solely via the draft.
With significant roster addition not in the cards for Carolina this offseason, the team must instead focus on getting franchise quarterback Cam Newton's attitude right.
Too often last year, Newton made waves for his bizarre behavior. Whether it was posing after touchdowns while getting blown out, calling a reporter "sweetheart" or giving mercurial press conferences after losses, Newton drew too much negative attention to himself.
There's no question that he has the physical tools to be an All-Pro-level quarterback. In order for Carolina to take the next step, it'll be up to Newton to get himself right between his ears.