The Carolina Panthers were hoping to trade their former franchise quarterback Cam Newton to another team. With no trade in sight, it appears the team is going in another direction.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Panthers are expected to cut Newton from the team.
Newton had a physical Monday in Atlanta for his shoulder and foot injuries that he had last season. He was able to pass the physical and appears to be healthy.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Carolina tried to trade Newton to Chicago or the Los Angeles Chargers. Those trades appeared to not have worked out for Newton.
The #Panthers tried to send Cam Newton to the #Bears and #Chargers. They found no takers and at this point, no starting jobs available. Release was the only option. Carolina has just $2M in dead money with this release, but Cam is now free.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2020
The move was expected, but it would be no surprise if Newton finds a home easily. He has appeared in three Pro Bowls and was the league’s MVP in 2015.
2019 was a tough season for the veteran quarterback. Newton only started in two games before being knocked out for the season with a lisfranc fracture. He finished with 572 passing yards and three turnovers.
Ideal Landing Spots for Newton
New England Patriots
The landing spot seems almost perfect for Newton. Joining a hall of fame caliber coach in Bill Belichick and pick up from where Tom Brady left off. The team is still full of talent with Sony Michel in the backfield and Julian Edelman still as reliable of a receiver. Defensively, the team improved and was widely considered one of the best for most of the season.
Newton would have a good enough offensive line to be able to stay healthy. The talent is there, but can Newton and Belichick work together? That will be the most important question for them to answer. Newton has a different personality than Brady which could make working together interesting. Belichick has been known for working with personalities of all kinds so they should be able to make it work.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are already going with a mobile quarterback to run the team in Tyrod Taylor. Why wouldn’t they take a chance on Newton? While Taylor protects the ball better, Newton has too much upside to turn the other way on. His arm strength and mobility still makes him a top 15 quarterback in the league.
Offensive weapons would be around him at receiver/tight end as he will have Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson provide a good one-two punch in the backfield. Newton would make the team better than what they had with Rivers last season. It appears to be an easy decision for the team to look his way.