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Report: Panthers 'Moving Forward' With Newton As QB In 2020

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An NFL Network report says the Panthers appear ready to bring back Cam Newton as the team's quarterback.

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."

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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Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.