Will Panthers Trade Cam Newton To Chargers?
Will the Panthers trade Cam Newton to the Chargers?
Carolina is in the midst of a fresh start. Beginning with the late-season firing of Ron Rivera, the organization made it clear it was moving on to a new chapter.
This continued with the hiring of Baylor head coach Matt Rhule in place of Rivera, and then his subsequent decision to bring Joe Brady on board as offensive coordinator.
The parting of ways with tight end Greg Olsen was just icing on the cake.
Now, the most pressing question becomes: what happens to Newton?
Last month, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that Carolina was likely going to wait for Newton to heal up and then trade him elsewhere.
Although neither Newton nor the Panthers have acknowledged this to be the plan, it is something of an unspoken truth at this point.
Recently, Bleacher Report NFL insider Matt Miller penned a column discussing Newton’s future in Carolina. Despite the 30-year-old quarterback insisting publicly that he wants to remain with the Panthers, Miller does not believe that will end up happening.
It simply makes too much financial sense for Newton to land elsewhere.
In Miller’s words, there is currently a lot of chatter regarding a trade between the Chargers and Panthers centering around Newton.
“All signs from league sources indicate the team will draft a signal-caller—either Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa—in the first round, but within the last three days there have been a number of unsolicited calls and texts about a trade for Cam Newton,” he said.
Newton is owed $19 million by Carolina next season. If the organization wants to save that money, it will need to move him elsewhere.
Los Angeles could be that spot. Between Newton and the sixth overall draft pick, the Chargers could presumably end up with a quarterback for now and one for the future in either Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Just Herbert.
One way or another, it looks like the Panthers will definitely have a new starting quarterback come 2020-21. Who will that quarterback ultimately be? Time will tell.