Are The Panthers Trading Cam Newton To the Bears, Broncos or Jets?
Are the Panthers trading Cam Newton to the Bears, Broncos or Jets?
In light of recent events, that possibility seems like it is becoming increasingly likely.
On Monday, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera announced that Kyle Allen would be Carolina’s new starter for the foreseeable future while Newton rested his injured foot.
“What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return,” he said.
Panthers ruled out QB Cam Newton from Sunday’s game against Houston due to his foot injury. Another start for Kyle Allen.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
“At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle (Allen) as our starter.”
Newton missed this past Sunday’s Panthers victory over the Arizona Cardinals and will now miss this weekend’s showdown against the Houston Texans.
His replacement, Allen, went 19-of-26 for 261 yards and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. His career record now sits at 2-0.
In fact, the Panthers have only won twice in their last 11 games – and Allen was the passer in charge of offense both times.
After Sunday’s game, Rivera expressed confidence in his young quarterback’s ability to fill Newton’s shoes.
“He’s our quarterback, and he’s who we rely on,” he replied when asked if he Newton would be the starter when healed.
“But for now, right now, we’re going to stick with Kyle. Keep rolling and see how things unfold as we go forward.”
It is easy to see why Rivera has so much faith in his young gun.
Allen’s quarterback rating of 144.4 that was the second-best in Panthers team history.
“He’s real confident in who he is as a football player,” Rivera said of Allen.
“He’s got a lot of swag, which is interesting when you watch him and he’s been able to back it up.
“The biggest thing is he did it in high school, he did it in college and the two times he’s played for us he’s played well.
“Hopefully, he can continue that.”
Tight end Greg Olsen was similarly impressed with Allen.
“He’s got a good way about him,” Olsen said of Allen. “One of the first things you notice about him is he gets in there. He’s very under control, and he’s very relaxed. He’s got a good demeanor to him, good or bad.”
Olsen had a team-best six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
Given the success that Carolina has been having with Allen, and the lack of success the team has experienced with Newton over the past few years, it would make sense for all involved to move on.
A healthy Newton can still be a very productive player in the NFL, but clearly the Panthers already have his heir apparent in Allen.
Carolina should trade Newton to one of the teams in the league currently in desperate need of a competent quarterback.
First up on that list?
Chicago has a Super Bowl-contending defense right now, but their offense is so bad that it could cost them the postseason.
Thus far this season Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for only 348 passing yards with 0 touchdowns, 1 interception and 65.0 passer rating.
The Bears need a legitimate threat at quarterback, and a healthy Newton could be that man later in the season.
If not Chicago, Denver could be another interesting option.
Joe Flacco is not a good quarterback at this stage in his career, and the Broncos could really use an upgrade at that position.
Finally, the Jets have been absolutely ravaged at quarterback by injuries – Newton could be a great fit there as Sam Darnold recovers from mono and continues to develop as a passer.
Will Newton ultimately get traded?
It probably depends on how Allen looks over the next few weeks.