Panthers, Colts Working On Big Cam Newton Trade?
Are the Panthers and Colts working on a big Cam Newton trade?
The Panthers are currently in the midst of a rebuild. It started with the firing of Ron Rivera and hiring of Matt Rhule.
Now it will continue with the departure of Newton.
While a healthy Newton is still one of the league’s more reliable passing options, the 30-year-old has not been fully healthy for a long time.
A such, it would make sense for Carolina to trade him and move on.
According to Bleacher Report, one potential trading option is dealing Newton to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick and a 2021 mid-round pick.
Newton currently has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $21.1 million.
It was already reported earlier in the year that Carolina intends to move him – now it is just a matter of where.
Indianapolis can throw its hat into the ring with roughly $90 million in available cap space.
The Colts have made it no secret that they are not fond of the idea of Jacoby Brisset being their franchise quarterback going forward.
This is despite Brisset responding reasonably admirably following Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement.
Brisset ultimately recorded 18 scores and six picks on a 61 percent completion percentage, but the team only went 7-9 in 2019.
“While there is an inherent risk in sacrificing multiple assets to bring Newton to town, the cap hit wouldn’t hurt much, and he remains a former MVP who could have productive seasons left,” Bleacher Report notes.
“Pairing him with a weapon like T.Y. Hilton, along with some potential free-agent adds, sounds like fun and could help Indianapolis return to contention.”
If the Colts really do acquire Newton, and if he is more or less healthy heading into next season, Indianapolis could be in for a surprisingly strong year in 2020.