Cam Newton is confident he will be back as the Carolina Panthers quarterback in 2020.
Rumors surrounding quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers continue to circulate in the league and expectations are that they will only increase as March approaches. After appearing in just two games last season, the Panthers face a tough decision regarding their former overall pick, league MVP and franchise quarterback for nearly a decade.
In fact, Carolina’s inability to commit to Newton is probably a bit of a game and wanting to approach the situation with an open mind. While it’s true that Newton has a lot to prove after missing a lot of time with recent injuries, he’s already made a difference by playing his best. However, as the team inherits a new coach, new staff and a new approach for the future, the arrival of a new signalman remains an option.
Owner David Tepper named former Baylor coach Matt Rhule to lead the Panthers and while touring during Super Bowl week Newton said he was “absolutely” sure he would come back. Claiming to have met Rhule, Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney, Newton seems determined to bounce back and continue with the Panthers.
Opposite, Hurney remained without a commitment, claiming that Newton was continuing his rehab but no longer making a commitment. Faced with an uncertain future, what the Panthers might expect in return from Newton is questionable and they may wish to simply test the market before making any permanent decisions.
Either way, it’s obvious that Tepper remains committed to Hurney and all scenarios will be discussed before the free agency and NFL Draft begins. At this point, or before, it should be clear exactly what plans for Newton’s future are.
A lingering question from the offseason, once something is official, preparations can begin for the 2020 season.