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Cam Newton ends first Panthers press conference in memorable fashion

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton is back with the Carolina Panthers, which seems to be what he wanted all along.

Newton addressed the media Friday after the Panthers signed him earlier in the week. He closed out his presser by making clear that at least part of him had never left Carolina.

“Without further ado, I will say something that I’ve been wanting to say for a long time: keep pounding,” Newton said to close the press conference.

“Keep pounding” has long been a Panthers motto. It originated in 2003, and you can read the story behind it here.

We already knew Newton was thrilled to be back with the Panthers, where he began his career and won an MVP award. He won’t start Sunday against Arizona, but he should be in line to get the opportunity in Week 11.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Look: Cam Newton seems giddy to be back with Panthers

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton officially returned to practice with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, and the quarterback sure seems happy to be back with his former team.

The Panthers shared a video on Twitter of Newton arriving at practice in a golf cart with wide receivers DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. As he often does, Newton made sure to show some love for the camera.

Newton won’t start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but the job should be his in Week 11 if all goes well. The details of Newton’s contract (see them here) show that the Panthers clearly signed him with the intention of having him start.

It’s worth noting that Anderson had a big smile on his face while sitting behind Newton. The receiver was seen on the sideline ripping into Sam Darnold last week (video here) after Darnold threw three interceptions. He’s probably happy to have Newton on board.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Details of Cam Newton’s contract with Panthers revealed

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Cam Newton has agreed to a deal to return to the Carolina Panthers, and it seems clear that the team is planning to use him as a starting quarterback.

The Panthers announced on Thursday that they have signed Newton. The details of the former NFL MVP’s contract have since been revealed, and they make clear that Newton is expected to be a starter.

Newton will earn $4.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could bring the deal up to $10 million. Keep in mind that the season is more than halfway through, as the Panthers have eight games remaining.

Sam Darnold was placed on injured reserve this week after he suffered a fracture in his throwing shoulder. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Darnold had played poorly before getting injured, so it’s possible he would have lost his job, anyway.

Newton was released by the New England Patriots prior to the season after being beat out by rookie Mac Jones. Because of the way his contract was structured, he had no real incentive to sign with a team as a backup. If all goes well in Carolina, the starting job should be his sooner rather than later.

Cam Newton agrees to deal with Panthers

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton has finally found a new job in the NFL, and the former MVP will be wearing a very familiar uniform.

Newton met with the Carolina Panthers and Thursday, and he has agreed to re-sign with his former team. The Panthers announced the news in a press release.

Sam Darnold was placed on injured reserve this week with a fracture in his throwing shoulder. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to the Panthers.

Newton should have an opportunity to earn a starting job in Carolina, depending how he looks in practice. The Panthers are planning start P.J. Walker in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with Matt Barkley as their backup.

Newton, of course, was drafted first overall by the Panthers back in 2011. He became an NFL star with the team and spent nine seasons there. Shoulder and foot injuries derailed his career, and he has not gotten back on track since he was released by Carolina before the 2020 season.

Newton spent the 2020 season as the New England Patriots’ starting QB. He was released prior to this season after being beat out by rookie Mac Jones.

Because of the way his previous deal was structured with the Patriots, Newton didn’t have much financial incentive to sign with another team in 2021. The fact that he did seemingly indicates the Panthers are going to give him a chance to start.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton will reportedly meet with former team

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has been a free agent since he was released by the New England Patriots prior to the season, but the former NFL MVP may finally have a new job opportunity.

Newton is expected to meet with Carolina Panthers head coach and the team’s ownership group this week, according to Jonathan Alexander of the Charlotte Observer.

The Panthers lost their starting quarterback this week after Sam Darnold was placed on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury. Tests revealed an incomplete fracture of Darnold’s shoulder, and he is expected to miss at least four weeks. The former first-round pick has thrown 10 interceptions in his last six games, so it’s possible he would have been benched even without the injury.

Newton, of course, was drafted first overall by the Panthers back in 2011. He became an NFL star with the team and spent nine seasons there. Shoulder and foot injuries derailed his career, and he has not gotten back on track since he was released by Carolina before the 2020 season.

Newton does not have much financial incentive to play this year due to the structure of his previous deal with the Patriots. He would likely only sign with a team if he has an opportunity to start. It’s possible the Panthers could give him one. They will start P.J. Walker in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with Matt Barkley as their backup.

Seahawks spoke to Cam Newton after Russell Wilson injury

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The Seattle Seahawks appear comfortable sticking with Geno Smith as long as Russell Wilson is sidelined. However, they did at least look into other options.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that the team spoke with free agent quarterback Cam Newton following Wilson’s injury. However, Carroll didn’t elaborate, and it’s clear nothing else came of the conversation.

It may be that the Seahawks were simply doing their due diligence. It makes sense for them to weigh their options and determine if Newton would be better than Smith. Ultimately, Smith has been on the Seattle roster since 2019. He knows the offense and was best prepared to step in on short notice.

This comes on the heels of Newton making a significant change in order to resume his NFL career. It’s possible that he wasn’t interested, as the Seahawks wouldn’t be able to provide a long-term starting job. We can really only guess.

Cam Newton got vaccinated in hopes of continuing NFL career

Cam Newton

Cam Newton made clear Sunday that he intends to play in the NFL again, and that was a key motivation behind his decision to get vaccinated.

Newton talked about the decision in a Youtube video he posted Sunday afternoon. The free agent quarterback defended his stance on initially remaining unvaccinated, saying it was a “personal decision” and that everyone should do what is best for themselves. Newton then admitted that his status as a free agent put him in “uncharted waters,” and he wanted to put the question of his vaccination status to rest.

That stems from his desire to get back in the NFL, which he emphatically confirmed was the case.

“Hell yeah, I want to still play football,” Newton said. “I still get that urge to go out and perform and do something that I’ve been doing since I was seven years old.”

Newton also disputed rumors about a lack of interest from around the NFL, claiming he had received multiple offers.

“That’s a lie. I’ve been getting offers,” Newton said. “It has to be right.”

Newton was released by the Patriots at the end of preseason. There was widespread speculation that his vaccination status was a factor, though the Patriots strongly disputed that. Newton, for his part, was rather baffled by the whole process.

Now that Newton is vaccinated, it remains to be seen what impact that will have on interest around the NFL. There are definitely quarterback-needy teams, but it sounds like the quarterback wants to wait for the right opportunity. That could mean a chance at a starting job that he feels he deserves.

Do Patriots, Mac Jones have a Cam Newton-inspired audible?

Mac Jones Superman

Do the New England Patriots have a Cam Newton-inspired audible call? Something Mac Jones did on Sunday night left many wondering.

A minute into Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones used a “Superman” audible call. He pretended to pull his shirt apart to reveal a mock Superman “S” on his chest.

Many fans likely recognize that move as the celebration Cam Newton used to do after scoring touchdowns. Newton was the Patriots’ quarterback last season and was with them until being cut just before the season began.

NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth wondered whether the audible call was for a play Newton liked. We don’t know whether the audible has anything to do with Newton, but it wouldn’t be a stretch if it did.

Stephen A. Smith has message for Steelers

Stephen A. Smith

Ben Roethlisberger is banged up heading into Week 3, and Stephen A. Smith believes there is an obvious insurance policy sitting out there for the Pittsburgh Steelers that they have yet to capitalize on.

During Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith said he is baffled that the Steelers have not yet reached out to Cam Newton.

“He can run with the football. Granted, he’s not as mobile as he used to be, but he’s considerably more mobile than Ben Roethlisberger and he’s younger,” Smith said. “So the combination of those two, with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins as your options, why hasn’t Cam been called already? That’s how I’m looking at it.”

Newton remains a free agent after he was released by the New England Patriots prior to Week 1. As Smith mentioned, the Steelers already have Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins on their roster. Haskins was said to have impressed the team during training camp, but head coach Mike Tomlin had a harsh assessment of him after the final preseason game.

Roethlisberger has played through numerous injuries during his career, and he will likely try to do the same with his pectoral muscle injury.

Newton may not even want to sign with the Steelers if Roethlisberger is going to play. Unless he has an opportunity to start, Newton doesn’t have much financial incentive to play this season.

Cam Newton felt ‘bamboozled’ by COVID mixup with Patriots

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Cam Newton opened up about the end of his time with the New England Patriots in a video he released on Friday, and one of the topics he discussed was his recent violation of COVID-19 protocols.

Newton missed several valuable days of practice time leading up to New England’s third and final preseason game after what the team called a “misunderstanding” with COVID protocols. In his “Freaky Friday” sit-down chat with his father, Newton said he believes the Patriots were going to release him even if he didn’t miss that time but that it likely made their decision easier.

As for the so-called misunderstanding, Newton said he went to Atlanta for a consult related to the foot surgery he had two years ago. He felt “bamboozled” after being told he had to sit out when the Patriots led him to believe he did everything right. Newton said the Patriots even encouraged the trip and told him it was a “great idea.”

Newton is unvaccinated, which is why he had to sit out for several days. There was a report that his vaccination status was a factor in New England releasing him, but Bill Belichick has shot that down.

Like Newton said, missing those days probably did not cost him his job. It did, however, give Mac Jones even more of an opportunity to prove himself.