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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Cam Newton rips Panthers for acting like he requested a trade

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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.

Panthers give Cam Newton permission to seek a trade; eyeing Teddy Bridgewater

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.

Panthers have interest in Justin Herbert?

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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.

Are Panthers setting up to tank for Trevor Lawrence?

Trevor Lawrence

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.

Cam Newton could reportedly still be traded; Chargers a team to watch

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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.

Report: Panthers moving forward with Cam Newton as starting QB

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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.

Panthers hire Phil Snow as defensive coordinator

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The Carolina Panthers continue to fill out their coaching staff, and their latest hire is a familiar name to new coach Matt Rhule.

The Panthers officially announced on Monday that Phil Snow is the team’s new defensive coordinator, moving to the NFL from the same position on Rhule’s staff at Baylor.

Snow has had a long career as a collegiate defensive coordinator, but has limited NFL experience. He served as the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions from 2005-2008.

Snow joins a staff loaded with college coaching talent. In addition to Rhule himself, the Panthers have brought in the top offensive coach in the country last season to run that side of the ball. They’ve invested a lot in making that happen, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how it works out.