P.J. Walker’s XFL stint was successful enough that he’s landed an NFL job as a result.
As first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Walker has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The move will reunite him with coach Matt Rhule, who coached Walker at Temple.
Walker was one of the XFL’s standout players while playing quarterback for the Houston Roughnecks. He was so successful he attracted widespread NFL interest and has managed to play his way back into the NFL. It’s nice that, at least for one player, the XFL turned out to be a solid, worthwhile gamble.
The Carolina Panthers are making significant changes this offseason under new head coach Matt Rhule, and parting ways with veteran safety Eric Reid is the latest.
The Panthers have informed Reid that they will release him, according to multiple reports. Reid confirmed the news on Twitter.
Reid started 29 games for the Panthers in two seasons and ended up being a nice addition to their defense. He had 130 tackles, four sacks and seven tackles for loss last season, all of which were career highs. One of the teams that could look to sign him is the Washington Redskins, as Reid likely has a good relationship with Ron Rivera.
Rivera brought Reid to Carolina after it seemed like many teams were avoiding the defensive back over his support for Colin Kaepernick. Reid has continued to stand behind Kaepernick, and the reality is that could deter some teams from signing the 28-year-old.
The Carolina Panthers made it clear this week that they are moving on from Cam Newton when they signed Teddy Bridgewater, but the Chicago Bears could be among the teams that do not want to wait until the Panthers release Newton to make a run at the quarterback.
The Bears have had recent discussions with Carolina about a potential Newton trade, Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reports. Although it is a virtual certainty Newton will be released if he’s not traded, Chicago may not want to risk having to compete with other teams to sign the former NFL MVP.
The Bears publicly committed to Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback for 2020 at the end of last season, but it is clear they are exploring other options. They reportedly had talks with Bridgewater before he signed with Carolina, and they are said to be targeting other players who could potentially compete with Trubisky for a starting job.
Newton will earn around $19 million in the final year of his contract next season. With the Panthers having clearly moved on from him, they will probably take a mid- or late-round pick for him rather than releasing him. We know of at least one other team that has reached out to Carolina about a potential trade, so a market has definitely developed.
The Carolina Panthers are turning things over from Cam Newton to Teddy Bridgewater.
Not long after the Panthers announced that they have given Newton permission to seek a trade, reports surfaced that Carolina had a deal with Bridgewater. The deal is believed to be worth $63 million over three years.
That isn’t quite as much money as some thought Bridgewater would get, but it sounds like good pay for a player who has played sparingly over the past three seasons.
Bridgewater boosted his stock by playing well in place of an injured Drew Brees last season. The New Orleans Saints won all five of their games that Bridgewater started while Brees was out with a thumb injury, and Bridgewater helped keep them in the playoff hunt.
We know of at least one other team that was interested in signing Bridgewater, but ultimately he chose the Panthers and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Brady was the passing game coordinator with LSU last season, and he spent time with the Saints before that. The familiarity between Bridgewater and Brady likely gave the Panthers a big advantage over other teams.
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are headed for a divorce, and it does not sound like it will be an amicable one.
The Panthers announced on Tuesday that they have given Newton permission to seek a trade. Not long after, Newton took to Instagram to rip the team for making it seem like he is the one who wants to part ways and not the other way around. In an Instagram comment on the post the Panthers created saying they have “given Cam Newton permission to seek a trade,” Newton told the team not to “manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this.”
“Stop with the word play. I never asked for it,” Newton wrote in his typical unique font pattern. “There is no dodging this one. I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys. Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this. You forced me into this.”
Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks, also chimed in with a comment and hinted that the same happened to him in Carolina.
Newton may have asked for the trade, but he likely would have preferred to remain with the Panthers if he were still in their plans. The former NFL MVP had a close relationship with Ron Rivera, and it sounds like new head coach Matt Rhule already has a replacement for Newton in mind.
There are almost always hard feelings when a franchise parts ways with a star quarterback, and we have already seen the Patriots try to point the finger at Tom Brady now that he is leaving New England. Newton isn’t about to let the Panthers do the same with him.
The Carolina Panthers are planning to part ways with Cam Newton, and they appear to already have a replacement in mind.
In a somewhat bizarre move, the Panthers announced on Tuesday that they have given Newton and his representatives permission to seek a trade.
“Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts,” general manager Marty Hurney said.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Panthers are already in the process of trying to bring in Newton’s replacement. Carolina has reportedly been having discussions with free agent Teddy Bridgewater that are “going very well.”
New Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said previously that he is “unbelievably excited” to work with Newton, but the franchise is clearly going in a different direction. That said, Newton is still recovering from a foot injury that cost him the majority of the 2019 season, so he will need to pass physicals and prove to teams he is healthy before any trade can be completed.
We can think of one option that might make sense for Newton if the Panthers are able to trade him, but multiple teams should be interested. Newton is a former NFL MVP and No. 1 overall draft pick who is still just 30. If he’s healthy, he could be a huge difference maker for a franchise.
The Carolina Panthers will eventually have to decide whether or not they want Cam Newton to remain their starting quarterback in 2020, and their interest in one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft may be a hint about how they plan to move forward.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney attended Oregon’s Pro Day on Thursday, and Andrew Groover of NFL Network noted that Hurney was the only NFL GM present. Hurney was seen speaking with Justin Herbert after the star quarterback finished throwing passes.
On a day where NFL teams were encouraging scouts and staff members to avoid travel due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is certainly significant that Hurney went through with attending Oregon’s Pro Day. Perhaps he simply did not want to alter his travel plans, but there’s also a chance he was determined to watch Herbert throw. Hurney also could have been scouting other Ducks players.
The Panthers currently have the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, and many believe new head coach Matt Rhule will want to start fresh at quarterback by drafting and developing a player. Carolina should be in a position to draft Herbert if they want him.
Newton’s future depends upon when — and if — he is fully recovered from the foot injury that cost him the majority of the 2019 season. We’ve already heard him linked to more than one team if the Panthers decide to trade him, but there’s no guarantee they will go that route. Rhule has said he is excited to work with Newton. Maybe he’s telling the truth.
There has been a lot of talk about what the Carolina Panthers will do with Cam Newton this offseason, but the organization might be thinking about another quarterback instead.
According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, many within the league believe the Panthers will attempt to tank the 2020 season to try to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Miller believes that the Panthers’ decision to trade Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trai Turner straight up for an aging Russell Okung serves as evidence of that.
Tanking can be easier said than done. There were widespread rumors before the 2019 season that the Miami Dolphins were going to tank for Tua Tagovailoa, and now they’re picking fifth in the NFL Draft after managing five wins. The Panthers have talent as long as Christian McCaffrey is on the roster, and they may have a harder time losing games than it seems. It still bears watching, however, if the Panthers have already fallen in love with Lawrence. They could be quite desperate to get him.
The Carolina Panthers have been sending mixed signals about their intentions with Cam Newton since Matt Rhule was hired as the team’s new head coach, but recent reports have indicated they are proceeding as if Newton will be their starting quarterback in 2020. That could change at some point this offseason, especially if a team like the Los Angeles Chargers aggressively pursues Newton.
The Panthers are not yet fully committed to keeping Newton on their roster, according to a report from Jourdan Rodrigue and Joseph Person of The Athletic. Depending upon where certain quarterbacks end up and how confident teams are that Newton’s foot is completely healed, there could be a significant trade market for the former NFL MVP this summer. The Chargers are believed to have the most interest of any team at the moment.
It would make sense for the Chargers to pursue a star quarterback like Newton, as they have officially parted ways with Philip Rivers and are trying to drum up more fan interest to accompany their move to a new stadium. They are also expected to make a strong push to sign Tom Brady, though there seems to be a growing belief that Brady would not want to play for the Chargers.
Rhule told reporters last week that he is extremely excited to work with Newton, which is probably what he would say even if he planned to trade the QB. The Panthers can’t really do anything until Newton is fully recovered from the Lisfranc injury that cost him most of the 2019 season, so their smartest approach in the meantime is to convince teams they are intent on keeping him even if that’s not the truth.
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.
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.