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Sport How the Panthers will approach their breakup with Cam Newton before 2020 season

23:50  06 november  2019
23:50  06 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Cam Newton out several more weeks, may go on injured reserve

  Report: Cam Newton out several more weeks, may go on injured reserve Panthers quarterback Cam Newton appears to be a long way from returning. Newton’s latest evaluation with a foot specialist revealed that he needs rest, not surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That sounds like good news, but the rest will take several weeks, and Newton may go on injured reserve. Realistically, even if the [more]

Breaking down the Panthers ' four options for 2020 season with QB. Looking at the different options the Panthers have for Cam Newton in 2020 . Additionally, it would be impossible to say for certain what will happen with Cam until we know who is making the decision. David Tepper is in his second

With the Panthers moving quarterback Cam Newton to season -ending injured reserve, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of keeping him next season . With Cam Newton on IR, here are the Panthers ’ options with their franchise QB.

Thanks for the memories, Cam. Sorry, but it’s time for you to move on. We can't count on you to stay healthy and can't pay you big bucks to sit on the sideline.

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Such is the message that soon will be delivered by Panthers general manager Marty Hurney to the 2015 NFL MVP who led Carolina to Super Bowl 50. It's the logical move for the franchise to make with the quarterback who was placed on IR this week with a Lisfranc injury, almost a full year after a shoulder injury cost him the final two games of a 7-9 season and required offseason surgery. No more holding a roster spot in hopes of a late-season recovery and return.

Report: Cam Newton considering surgery for injured foot

  Report: Cam Newton considering surgery for injured foot Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been placed on injured reserve. Now that he’s done for the season, it sounds like he may be reconsidering how he attacks his recovery. According to Ian Rapoport at NFL Network, Newton is now considering surgery for his left foot. “Almost certainly out for the season, Newton is now considering surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his foot, sources say. The procedure, which would come in the next week or two, has a recovery time of eight-to-10 weeks — three months at the most.”Surgery would end any change of Newton making a comeback for the playoffs this year, but that was a very slim hope in any case.

The Panthers placed Cam Newton on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season after only two games due to a foot injury. He’s still under contract with Carolina for the 2020 season , but that deal can and should be broken . Newton will play in the NFL once again.

The Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on injured reserve because of his slow-healing Lisfranc injury, which ends his 2019 campaign Should they move away from Newton , the Panthers must either be convinced that he doesn't have much left to offer or that his replacement can keep defenses

Newton was clearly not in peak form or fully healthy as he struggled with a 56 percent completion rate, no touchdowns, 1 interception and -2 rushing yards through losses to the Rams and Bucs to open this season before the foot injury cost him the final 14 games. In his absence, undrafted Kyle Allen — with a lot of help from Christian McCaffrey — has directed the team to a 5-1 record and the playoff hunt.

Newton’s recent injury problems and high salary next season, combined with Allen’s quality play and a highly regarded 2020 QB draft class, will surely end the 2011 No. 1 overall pick’s tenure in Carolina.

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The biggest problem for Newton is his timing contract-wise. Had he negotiated a new deal before the injuries piled up, with $100 million or so in guarantees now common with quality starting QBs, Hurney and coach Ron Rivera would be forced to be patient while Newton recovers from his foot injury before returning him to the lineup next season. But with Newton’s contract having just one season to go, the $2 million dead money hit on the Panthers' salary cap is easy to absorb while they reap a $19 million cap savings once he is released.

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The Panthers will have to decide whether to bring back Cam Newton in 2020 . If they don't, things could get dicey for the former MVP. Carolina's season has been resurrected in part by undrafted backup Kyle Allen, who has won six of his seven pro starts dating to last season , when he first filled in

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In order to avoid a potential injury grievance, Hurney will wait until the Panthers' team doctor says Newton's foot is sufficiently healed before releasing him. The GM will hope that happens before the start of the 2020 league year in March so the Panthers don't have to carry his $21.1 million cap number into free agency.

With a projected $43 million in 2020 cap space including Newton, the Panthers can wait until he is healthy before letting him go. Carolina will still have the money to add players in free agency, and they can use some of the Newton savings after his exit on an inevitable extension to make McCaffrey, the NFL’s best dual threat player, the league’s highest-paid back.

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At 31, a healthy Newton is better than a lot of starting QBs in the league. Despite his stats being down, he led Carolina to the playoffs with a 11-5 record in 2017 and played well in a close playoff loss in New Orleans. He had a better year statistically last season even as he struggled through the shoulder pain that eventually shut him down.​

Panthers G.M.: Newton needs to “gather more information”

  Panthers G.M.: Newton needs to “gather more information” With injured quarterback Cam Newton seeing a foot specialist today, the Panthers seem to be at a loss for answers as well. The team put out a statement acknowledging his trip to Green Bay to see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson (their former team doctor). “I spent a long time speaking with Cam this week and he’s done everything he possibly can in his rehab process to get his foot to 100 percent,” General Manager Marty Hurney said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t reached that point. The next step is for him to go see Dr. Anderson and gather more information.

Most likely, the Panthers will keep Newton . Cam ’s cap hit next season is .1 million, and .1 million of that would be freed if they traded or cut No matter how well Allen plays, though, it’s unlikely that a healthy Allen is deemed superior to a healthy Cam . Whether or not the Panthers earn a playoff

The Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on injured reserve Tuesday, ruling out their franchise quarterback for the remainder of the season and Newton , 30, has one year left on his contract for a .1 million salary cap hit. The Panthers would only be docked million as a dead cap hit if they

Hurney also surely believes Newton still has value if healthy, but I doubt the GM will offer a reduced-salary-plus-incentives deal — which Newton would surely decline, preferring to hit free agency. Hurney will try to trade him to a QB-hungry team. But it’s doubtful any GM would want to inherit Newton’s 2020 base salary of $18.6 million (plus his $500,000 offseason workout bonus) when they figure he can be signed for less in an incentive-laden contract once he's released. It's also highly doubtful Newton would agree to a sign-and-trade deal involving a pay reduction, as he will prefer a competition to sign him.

Newton first will have to prove to team doctors around the league that his shoulder and foot are sound. Then he will have to swallow some pride and accept a slightly lower base salary — likely in the $10 million-$15 million range — plus big roster bonuses and performance incentives. Those bonuses and incentives would bring him up to the $25 million range if he returns to his three-time Pro Bowl level of play and gets a team into the playoffs.

Panthers to start Kyle Allen over Cam Newton in Week 9

  Panthers to start Kyle Allen over Cam Newton in Week 9 Kyle Allen is going to get another chance to start for the Carolina Panthers coming off a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Cam Newton has been the face of the Panthers franchise for nearly a decade. Newton originally hurt his foot during the Panthers ’ third preseason game before aggravating it against Tampa Bay in So rather than try to predict how the next four months will shake out, let’s take a look at five possible

Newton played in just two games this season and struggled in both due to the pain in his foot, throwing for no touchdowns and an interception on a combined 50 for 89 passing. He'll have to for now, though, as he can only watch as Allen and the 5-3 Panthers continue their pursuit of a playoff spot.

Newton is a competitor, and he will be out to prove the Panthers gave up on him too soon. It wouldn’t be shocking to see a motivated Newton make a comeback along the lines of Andrew Luck last season if he is able to get healthy and land with a team that has a good supporting cast.

Who could that be?

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Nashville is close to Newton’s hometown of Atlanta, and the Titans are a decent team that will be moving on from Marcus Mariota and probably from Ryan Tannehill, too. Tampa Bay has some talented receivers to entice Newton if the Bucs decide to part ways with Jameis Winston.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is fully capable of throwing big money at Newton if he thinks Dwayne Haskins needs more development time. Or how about the Bears if Mitchell Trubisky continues to regress? The Dolphins could be in play with their current QB mess, as could the Broncos if they’re not yet sold on Drew Lock. (And we know John Elway loves signing veteran QBs who are former stars.) But Miami and Denver could well be choosing a talented rookie passer high in April’s draft.

Meanwhile, Hurney and his scouting staff will be closely watching the top college QBs, including Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and LSU’s Joe Burrow this Saturday.

Cam Newton “still rehabbing” injured foot

  Cam Newton “still rehabbing” injured foot Earlier this season, Panthers coach Ron Rivera threw the most polite hissy fit ever, walking out of a press conference when he grew tired of being asked questions about Cam Newton‘s injured foot. After the Panthers took a 51-13 thrashing from the 49ers, Rivera apparently wasn’t in a mood to continue that conversation. Newton’s still [more]After the Panthers took a 51-13 thrashing from the 49ers, Rivera apparently wasn’t in a mood to continue that conversation.

Newton will eat up a sizable chunk of the team’s cap space next season , and it might seem prudent On a personal level, moving on from Newton is just gross. The front office retained their jobs on his What you think the Panthers would do with the extra cash/assets the team would glean from moving

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at his news conference after the Broncos’ 24-10 victory Sunday in the Super Bowl.Credit Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. It was as if Newton were intent on taking his magical season , his jumping jacks and dabs and evident leadership, and poking a hole in its side.

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If I’m in Hurney’s shoes, I’m letting Newton go and giving Allen a slightly better deal — at least incentive-wise — than what he is scheduled to receive under an exclusive rights tender for a player who has one credited season ($585,000 in 2020). Then I’m drafting a QB in the first or second round from this talented incoming class and letting that player compete with Allen for the starting job.

It’s almost as if Hurney was practicing his farewell speech when he said of Newton this week, "He's one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the league." The Carolina GM be repeating a version of that statement in the coming offseason as he bids farewell to the soon-to-be former face of the franchise.

Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.

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