Carolina Panthers Make Unexpected Cam Newton Decision
The Carolina Panthers made an unexpected Cam Newton decision this week.
It appears the organization will wait for the former MVP to heal up, and then it will trade him to the highest bidder.
This past Wednesday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport appeared on Damon Amendolara’s show and told him he believed a Newton trade was imminent.
“My understanding is that the Panthers will look to [move] Cam Newton when he is healthy,” he said.
“He had surgery with hopes of being healthy in March, so that is the goal, so I would expect him to be healthy in March, right around there, and for them to seek a trade with him regardless.”
Panthers OC Joe Brady on why he took the job: “I believe in Coach (Matt) Rhule and the NFL is the pinnacle.” And on Cam Newton, he’s non-committal, just says, “I’m excited to get in touch with Cam.”
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 17, 2020
Over the past week, Carolina’s head coach Matt Rhule and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady have done a series of interviews. The one underlying theme of each one has been not committing to Newton as the franchise’s quarterback.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Brady was asked whether Newton would return as the Panthers starter in 2020.
The former LSU offensive guru refused to say yes, simply suggesting that he was “excited to get in touch” with Newton to discuss the future.
At a certain point, the non-answers become answers in themselves.
The writing is on the wall.
Newton has repeatedly expressed a desire to stay in Carolina, but ultimately told close confidants that he would be okay with a trade to the Chicago Bears.
Given the offensive calamity that occurred in the Windy City this past season, the Bears could do a lot worse than a healthy Newton at quarterback.
A final decision on Newton’s future likely will not be publicly announced for a few more months, especially not until he fully recovers. But privately, the former MVP’s future with the organization is already sealed.