SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says quarterback Cam Newton is a player he can build the franchise around.
But Gettleman is quick to add "it's time to win."
In Gettleman's view, Newton has had the best first two seasons of any QB in NFL history, but says that gets lost on people "because of the elephant in the room, which is his 13-19 record" as a starter.
In two seasons Newton has thrown for 7,920 yards and 40 touchdowns with 29 interceptions. He's also run for 1,447 yards and 22 TDs.
Newton's contract runs through the 2014 season and Carolina has an option for 2015.
Gettleman says the Panthers are in no hurry to extend Newton's contract, saying "I'm a big believer in letting nature take its course."