There has been a lot of talk about the Carolina Panthers potentially trading or releasing Cam Newton this offseason, but apparently that is not the team’s plan.
The Panthers are moving forward as if Newton will be their starting quarterback in 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Newton is making progress in his recovery from a foot injury, and new Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have been encouraged with the progress and commitment they have seen from the former MVP.
#Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have been encouraged with how Cam Newton has treated his rehab and how intent he is to get back to top form. He’s spent plenty of time in town. With so much to rebuild in other areas, having a legit starter in place eases the transition. https://t.co/LIvqQDj5b5
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2020
Rapoport notes that Newton’s foot will not be fully healed for several months, so that may limit his potential trade market. There’s still a chance things could change if a team blows Carolina away with an offer, and the Panthers have made it clear that Newton’s health will be a factor in whether or not he remains with the team.
Kyle Allen got off to a hot start when he took over for Newton last season, but Allen came back to earth down the stretch and lost his job to rookie Will Grier. It goes without saying that Newton has more potential than either both Allen and Grier when he’s healthy, and he has said all the right things about his future with the team. Rhule’s best chance of quickly building a contender is doing so around a healthy Newton.
Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers is likely to remain murky for a while longer, but some clarity may be coming next month.
According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, the Panthers believe Newton will be able to pass a physical and be cleared for some football activity in March. That aligns with the time when the Panthers will have to make a decision on Newton’s future.
The Panthers will take it slow with Newton, knowing that his Lisfranc injury was a serious one. The team may keep him limited through spring workouts in April and May.
Carolina could save $19 million by cutting Newton ahead of next season. Whether they will remains an open question. Ownership has maintained that Newton’s health will have a big say in whether he’s brought back or not, making the physical and these upcoming workouts hugely important to Newton’s chances of remaining with the organization. He’s made very clear he wants to, but that decision is out of his hands at this point.
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Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers remains unclear based on comments made by owner David Tepper on Tuesday.
Tepper said Newton’s future with the organization essentially comes down to health, and the team will make no determination whether he will stay or go until they have clarity on how he is physically.
Panthers Owner David Tepper on Cam Newton: “There’s a lot of different things that can happen, but first is, is he healthy? Tell me that and then we can talk.”
— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 11, 2020
Newton had trouble with his left foot all season, and it limited him to just two games. He’s only played a full 16 game season once since the end of 2015, and it’s no surprise that the Panthers want to know that he’ll be able to play a full season before committing to him.
The quarterback has been confident that he’ll be back with Carolina in 2020. The Panthers clearly aren’t ready to agree with that assessment yet. He’s owed $18.6 million next season, and the team may still look into a trade if they can get a good return.
Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers has been in doubt for quite a while, but the quarterback certainly thinks he’ll be staying with the franchise.
Newton spoke to CBS Sports Network’s “Tiki and Tierney” and said he “absolutely” expects to remain with Carolina in 2020, adding that he feels that he has a lot to prove to the organization and to himself.
"Are you going to be back in Carolina, are you sure you're going to be a Panther?" – @BrandonTierney
"Absolutely, absolutely." – Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/H9hg35eVKp
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) January 31, 2020
Newton has consistently felt optimistic about his future with Carolina. The organization itself has been much more tight-lipped. He’s due $18.6 million next season, which is reasonable for an NFL starting quarterback. Their decision may ultimately come down to what kind of return they get in a trade, if anything.
Newton played in only two games last season due to a foot injury. He has had just one winning season since being named NFL MVP in 2015, and turns 31 in May.
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Anyone hoping for clarity on Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers in Matt Rhule’s introductory press conference came away disappointed on Wednesday.
While the new Carolina head coach praised Newton and seemed enthusiastic about the quarterback’s attitude, Rhule said he does not plan to make any major announcements about the long-term future of any player until meeting and speaking with owner David Tepper and GM Marty Hurney.
Rhule says he talked to Cam Newton yesterday. "He didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future."
Didn't want to get into the long-term plan with Cam or any player until he's had a chance to talk with Hurney and Tepper.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) January 8, 2020
On the surface, Newton would seem to be an ideal fit to run Rhule’s offense, but one can understand the coach not wanting to box himself in with some sort of public pronouncement on day one of the job.
Last we heard, the Panthers were undecided on Newton. It made sense to hold off on any decisions until the new coach was in place.
Newton is due to make $18.6 million next season, and a decision is due by March.
A disappointing Denver Broncos season has officially come to an end for defensive back Kareem Jackson.
On Tuesday, the Broncos announced that Jackson has been suspended for the final two games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. The team said in a statement that the suspension stems from Jackson being arrested for driving while under the influence back in September.
“Kareem Jackson was arrested for driving under the influence on Thursday, Sept. 19,” the statement said. “He immediately informed our team of the incident, which we promptly reported to the NFL and thoroughly reviewed as an organization.
“There are high standards for the personal conduct of all members of our organization, and we have expressed our extreme disappointment to Kareem for his poor judgment. Under the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, he has been suspended for the Broncos’ final two games of the 2019 season.”
Jackson joined the Broncos this season after spending the first nine years of his career with the Houston Texans. The former first-round pick has 49 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 13 games.
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The NFL is a vicious business sometimes. More than a handful of veteran quarterbacks with a history of proven success are about to find that out firsthand.
What have you done for me lately? The answer to that question is what keeps people employed or leads to a pink slip. The good news is that one team’s trash can be another’s treasure.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five veteran quarterbacks who could be on the move in 2020, and where they might ultimately land.
5. Cam Newton, Chicago Bears
The Carolina Panthers will likely look to trade Newton this offseason, but are said to be looking for a substantial haul in return. That desire could make the former MVP difficult to move. But if Carolina is legitimately committed to moving on from the quarterback, those trade demands are bound to come down. If and when they do, the Bears are the most obvious potential destination for Newton; the two sides have been connected via rumor and speculation for a month. And while Mitchell Trubisky has played better of late, the Bears are unlikely to hitch their wagon to him long term. The possibility remains that Trubisky is merely on a hot streak, opening the door to a quarterback change in 2020. A combination of Cam Newton and a dominant defense may be too much for Chicago to pass up.
4. Marcus Mariota, Miami Dolphins
It’s clear that Mariota’s time with the Tennessee Titans is over, especially now that Ryan Tannehill is playing well and earning himself a new deal in 2020. So how ironic and fitting would it be if Mariota were to sign with the Dolphins, Tannehill’s old team, in 2020? I’m not suggesting it just to be cute, either. As odd as it would be for the two to swap places that way, it would actually make some sense. Tannehill has proven that a change of scenery can sometimes spark improved play, and with Miami having soured on Josh Rosen and unlikely to hang onto Ryan Fitzpatrick long term, a dual-threat player like Mariota may be just what the doctor ordered. Signing Mariota would also save Miami from having to invest a first-round pick into a quarterback, although they might do so anyway — and it’s likely the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner would come at a very team-friendly price.
3. Eli Manning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Manning is in the final year of his contract with the New York Giants, and it’s no secret to anyone that he’ll be gone after the season. Whether that means Manning retires or looks to play elsewhere remains to be seen, but if it’s the latter, there will be a few suitors for the two-time Super Bowl MVP. Many assume reuniting with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville would be the most logical step for Manning, but with Jameis Winston possible out in Tampa Bay, Manning could be an interesting potential option for Bruce Arians & Co. The team is built to compete, has a talented supporting cast, and would fit Manning’s style. It would also allow Tampa Bay to draft their future quarterback and have him learn under Manning for a year or two.
2. Philip Rivers, Carolina Panthers
Rivers’ time with the Los Angeles Chargers appears to be winding down, and retirement could be an option this offseason. If not, Rivers will be among the hottest veteran quarterback commodities. Unfortunately for Rivers, there will be an overwhelming amount of competition for just a few jobs, so he’ll need to find the right fit. And assuming the Panthers move on from Newton as expected, Carolina may ultimately prove to be his destination. With a new head coach incoming and Kyle Allen not viewed as the answer, Carolina could opt for a player with Rivers’ pedigree in hopes of putting them over the top and back into playoff contention. Not to mention, Rivers is a noted family man who played his college ball at NC State, so returning home may be an ideal scenario for him.
1. Tom Brady, Denver Broncos
No one genuinely believes the New England Patriots and Tom Brady will part ways after this season, but more and more evidence continues to pile up suggesting that a split could happen. And if there is a separation, even at the age of 42, Brady immediately becomes the No. 1 free agent target in all of football. Enter John Elway and the Broncos, who, despite having invested in rookie Drew Lock, would welcome Brady with open arms knowing that they’d become immediate Super Bowl contenders. A move to Denver would also pair Brady with Mike Munchak, who is one of the most successful offensive line coaches in football, providing Brady with all the protection he could possibly need to continue his NFL domination. I know, I know … it all sounds so crazy, but as Tom Brady Sr. recently said, even Joe Montana went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. Anything is possible.