The Panthers are expected to release QB Cam Newton on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Carolina tried to trade Newton to the Bears and Chargers but couldn't get a deal done. So Cam will hit the open market. He'll turn 31 in May and has missed 16 games over the past 2 seasons with shoulder and foot injuries. The Chargers, Jaguars and Patriots seem like the best landing spots for Newton's 2020 fantasy value. We'll see where he lands.
The Panthers are finalizing a deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bridgewater made himself some money last year by completing 69.7% of his passes with 9 TDs and 2 INTs while leading the Saints to a 5-0 record in place of QB Drew Brees. Over that stretch, Bridgewater ranked 6th in Pro Football Focus' passing grades and 4th in adjusted completion rate among 29 QBs with 100+ attempts. He's also familiar with new Panthers OC Joe Brady from their time together in New Orleans in 2018, when Brady was an offensive assistant for the Saints. This move would seem to signal the end of QB Cam Newton's time in Carolina.
Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Bridgewater is expected to sign a 3-year, $60 million deal.
The Panthers are "moving forward" with Cam Newton as their starting QB, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "A lot can still happen in the coming months," Rapoport adds. "While his foot is healing well, it will be several months until it’s game-ready — a timeline that complicates any potential trade." It's a hedgy report -- although it certainly makes sense that Carolina would have a tough time trading Newton while he's rehabbing that Lisfranc surgery on his left foot. We wouldn't consider this story over, but it does seem more likely than not that Newton is under center for Carolina come Week 1. He's been a fine value in early FFPC best-ball drafts, as the 21st QB off the board on average.
The Panthers are "pleased" with the progress QB Cam Newton is making in his recovery from Lisfranc surgery on his left foot, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton is expected to be cleared for "some football activity" in March -- although the team is planning to limit him through the spring. That, of course, is assuming Newton is still with the Panthers. Newton said during Super Bowl week that he expects to be back in Carolina in 2020, but the team has been non-committal on his future. His status should be cleared up in March.
The Panthers have named Joe Brady their new OC. It's been a rapid rise for the 30-year-old, who spent 2017 and 2018 as an offensive assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans and this past year as LSU's passing game coordinator. Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football and was given a lot of credit for QB Joe Burrow's massive 5,671-yard, 60-TD campaign. It's an exciting -- albeit risky -- hire by the Panthers.
The Panthers are hiring Matt Rhule as their new HC, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports. Rhule has been a hot name in coaching circles after he led a 1-11 Baylor team in his first season to a combined 18-9 record over the past 2 years. He spent 4 seasons as Temple's HC prior to that and also has 1 year of experience as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. Rhule's Baylor squads ranked 25th, 19th and 43rd in the nation in passing yards per game.
Panthers QB Cam Newton has decided to have surgery on his Lisfranc injury, according to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon. Newton is expected to be sidelined 8 to 10 weeks, which would put him back on the field in late January or early February. Due $18.6 million in 2020 -- on top of a $2 million option bonus -- Newton's future in Carolina is completely up in the air.
The Panthers announced Tuesday that they will place QB Cam Newton on IR for his foot injury. That ends Newton's season and secures Kyle Allen's starting gig for the remainder of 2019. Newton's recovery will be interesting to watch through the offseason. He has just 1 more year on his contract. According to Spotrac, that season carries a $21.1 million cap hit whereas cutting Newton would leave just $2 million in dead cap space. Newton will turn 31 in May, 2 months after the new league year begins. Allen will be an exclusive-rights free agent in the spring, meaning Carolina still controls his rights for at least 2020.
Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be out "several weeks and potentially more" after visiting noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Surgery was not recommended, but Newton needs more rest to let his Lisfranc injury heal. Rapoport notes that a move to injured reserve hasn't been ruled out. Newton seems like a long shot to re-emerge as a bankable fantasy asset this season and can be dropped outside of 2-QB leagues.
Panthers QB Cam Newton is visiting foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to get another opinion on his Lisfranc injury, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Newton's foot is "not getting better" and that "playing football is a long way off." We'll continue to keep an eye on this, but Newton certainly isn't a must-hold in 1-QB fantasy leagues.
Panthers QB Kyle Allen will start this weekend's game against the Titans, HC Ron Rivera said Monday. QB Cam Newton (foot) is still “in the middle of his rehab," Rivera added. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes Newton is "more than a week away" from returning. After a solid couple of games, Allen has completed just 56.6% of his passes and averaged 5.7 yards per attempt over the past 3. He's just a low-end QB2 for Week 9.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Monday that QB Kyle Allen will start this weekend's game against the 49ers. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week that QB Cam Newton (foot) would be ready to practice after the bye, but Rivera said he'll continue to rehab this week. How Allen fares vs. a stingy 'Niners defense on Sunday might impact whether Newton is "ready" to return for Week 9.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be ready to practice after the Week 7 bye. Carolina has gone 4-0 under QB Kyle Allen, although his play has been uneven. We'll see if Newton is ready to return for Week 8 against the 49ers -- and then if the Panthers go back to him.
Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) won't travel with the team to London and is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs, HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday. Newton is reportedly out of his walking boot, so a Week 8 return (after a Week 7 bye) seems possible. QB Kyle Allen gets another start this weekend and is a viable starter vs. Tampa's 27th-ranked QB defense.
The Athletic's Joseph Person hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. That's much more significant than just a sprained foot. Person notes that the timetable for return for Lisfranc injuries tends to be in the 4-8 week range. The Panthers have a Week 7 bye, so we're now expecting Newton to be sidelined until at least Week 8. We'll continue to keep a close eye on him, but he's droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.
The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. "We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return,” HC Ron Rivera said. It's a smart move by Carolina, especially after QB Kyle Allen's impressive Week 3 outing. Allen will be a deep-league spot-start option vs. Houston this week.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "real chance" Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) returns to practice on Wednesday. "He's day-to-day, not week-to-week," Rapoport adds. So this might end up being just a 1-game absence for Newton. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this coming week.
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