Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers strike a deal


CHARLOTTE, NC – Quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers that will bring him back to the team he helped make it through to the Super Bowl in 2015, announced Thursday.

The deal, pending physical completion, is worth up to $ 10 million for the remainder of the season, including $ 4.5 million guaranteed and a $ 1.5 million squad bonus, a source said to Adam Schefter from ESPN.

The Panthers, who picked Newton with the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, sacked him after the 2019 season after struggling with shoulder and foot injuries for several years. You started a new regime with trainer Matt Rhule.

Brought him 🏠

– Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 11, 2021

The Panthers (4-5) began looking for options with the quarterback after starter Sam Darnold sustained a shoulder injury on Sunday that will sideline him for four to six weeks.

PJ Walker starts on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (8-1). Matt Barkley is also on the list.

Rhule said the team was considering all options, but he wouldn’t go into “hypothetical” questions when asked about Newton specifically.

“My job is to try to win now,” said Rhule on Wednesday. “Our fans don’t pay any money to see us win in two years. At the same time, you’re trying to build a Super Bowl-sized team at the same time. Often it is the same.

“There are four teams in the NFC with more than six wins. Everyone else is about like us. A lot of teams in the NFL are currently trying to figure out how to get past .500 and have a good year and win the second.” half of the year. … My job is to try to win. “

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Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, started 2020 with 15 games for the New England Patriots before being sacked at training camp this year after the team decided to start with rookie Mac Jones.

Newton missed three pre-season training sessions thanks to what the Patriots termed a “misunderstanding” of COVID-19 protocol, but coach Bill Belichick said the quarterback’s vaccinated status was not considered in the decision to release him.

The 32-year-old quarterback said in a video posted on his YouTube channel last month that he has been vaccinated and wants to keep playing.

“Damn it, yeah, I still want to play soccer,” Newton said in the video. “I’ve still had the urge to go out and perform and do something I’ve been doing since I was 7 years old.”

Panther Patriots
Games 125 fifteen
YPG exist 232 177
TD / Int 1.7 0.8
Total QBR 55.3 39.4

Newton last played for Carolina in the second game of the 2019 season before being sidelined in the third preseason game following a worsening Lisfranc injury.

For nine seasons with Carolina, Newton is the franchise’s career leader in Passing Yards (29,041), Passing Touchdowns (182) and Rushing Touchdowns (58). He ranks third with 4,806 rushing yards.

According to data from the Elias Sports Bureau, Newton is 959 yards and 194 rushing yards away from becoming the first player in NFL history to reach the 30K-5K club for a single team – even though Russell Wilson only needs 426 rushing yards to reach the milestone with the Seattle Seahawks.

Newton threw 35 touchdowns and ran for 10 more during his 2015 MVP season when he led Carolina to a 15-1 regular season record.