Over the last few days, the Carolina Panthers have made it crystal clear that they are moving off star quarterback Cam Newton. That has put Newton in the tight spot of having to adjust to the reality that he’s no longer the franchise centerpiece in Carolina. However, the process of finding the next landing spot for him may prove to be much more complicated than envisioned that could prolong the entire process.
Panthers moving on from Cam Newton
The writing has been on the wall for the last few months that Newton’s time with the Panthers was nearing a close.
Carolina made that notion quite evident this week as the team announced that Newton was permitted to seek out a trade. The former Pro Bowler voiced his disgruntlement over the situation via social media, but it cemented that he was no longer the future under center for the organization.
The Panthers further proved that point by inking Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million deal in free agency. Bridgewater will take over as the starter of the franchise moving forward to begin head coach Matt Rhule’s tenure in the 2020 season.
Meanwhile, Newton is now in the spot of having to figure out where his next home in the NFL will be. It’s a process that has quickly turned out to be far more complicated than initially anticipated.
Panthers having trouble moving Cam Newton
The attention has shifted over to Newton’s future, with him being on the trading block.
There hasn’t been much movement on that front over the last several days. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, the Panthers are experiencing many difficulties moving the star quarterback.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Newton is coming off back-to-back seasons where he saw his campaigns prematurely ended due to injury. Newton suffered what turned out to be a season-ending foot injury in Week 2 of last season. Before that, he was sidelined for the final two games of the 2018 campaign due to a shoulder injury that wound up requiring offseason surgery.
Newton’s injury history, along with any interested team being unable to conduct a physical on him due to the coronavirus precautions that the league has put into place. That has become another hurdle that the Panthers have had to deal with beyond teams being wary of Newton’s long-term health.
All of this may lead the Panthers down one path with what they plan to do with the former league MVP.
What will the Panthers do with Cam Newton?
It may have only been a few days since the Panthers made Newton available through a trade, it has become evident that they will have too much difficulty moving him.
The Los Angeles Chargers were believed to be a potential suitor given that they missed out on Tom Brady, but the team appears to be comfortable with moving forward with their in-house option with Tyrod Taylor. The Chicago Bears were also speculated as an option, but they chose to acquire Nick Foles over Newton.
That may further indicate to the Panthers the only option will be to waive him as no team is willing to present a feasible offer for him. That route should see franchises like the Chargers gauge Newton’s interest in playing for them at a cheaper rate than his current deal while allowing them to work out a physical with him.
Carolina is likely to exercise all their avenues first through the trade market, and could settle on cutting him like the Los Angeles Rams did with star running back Todd Gurley on Thursday afternoon. It may be a matter of time before Newton hits free agency for the first time in his career.