Report: Panthers 'Moving Forward' With Newton As QB In 2020
The Panthers appear poised to play the 2020 season with Cam Newton as the team's quarterback, according to an NFL Network report.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday morning that sources told him "the Panthers are moving forward with Cam Newton as their starting QB."
#Panthers coach Matt Rhule and his staff have been encouraged with how Cam Newton has treated his rehab and how intent he is to get back to top form. He’s spent plenty of time in town. With so much to rebuild in other areas, having a legit starter in place eases the transition. https://t.co/LIvqQDj5b5— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2020
At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday, first-year head coach Matt Rhule told reporters: “I really want him on the team and I really want him healthy."
That news comes after rumors that the team might waive or trade the franchise quarterback -- who missed all but two games last season with a foot injury -- to free up salary cap space. The talk led to a fan-originated movement begging the team to "Keep Cam in Carolina."
When former head coach Ron Rivera was in Charlotte last week for a yard sale benefiting the Humane Society of Charlotte, the only coach Newton has ever had in the NFL offered one bit of advice:
"I just know that a healthy Cam, I would never bet against," Rivera said.
The team will have significant turnover from last season, already, with new coach Rhule. Additionally, fan favorites Luke Kuechly (retired) and Greg Olsen (signed with Seattle) are no longer with the Panthers.
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