Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 weeks ago

The Panthers cut Newton on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Unable to find a trade partner, the Panthers nonetheless will move forward with Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier and P.J. Walker at quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Newton passed a physical examination Monday in Atlanta, with both his left foot and right shoulder checking out fine. Still, NFL suitors may want their own doctors to examine Newton, so it won't come as any surprise if he remains unsigned for a while. The shoulder has been a problem on and off for the past few years, while his foot required Lisfranc surgery in early December.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 weeks ago

Newton (foot/shoulder) underwent a physical in Atlanta on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, Newton passed the physical -- which was coordinated by the Panthers and his agency team -- with his both his foot and shoulder "checking out well." This news follows reports that Carolina is expected to release the QB. Once that happens, Newton's passed physical should help him find a new team quicker than if there were looming questions regarding the soundness of his foot and/or shoulder.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 weeks ago

The Panthers are expected to release Newton (foot) on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Recent reports suggested Newton would work with the Panthers to find a trade partner, but it seems they haven't had any luck in that regard. The veteran QB will soon hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
3 weeks ago

The Panthers have given Newton (foot) permission to seek a trade.

EDGE Analysis

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that team and player are working together to find a trade, and Dianna Russini of ESPN adds that the Panthers have shown interest in signing Teddy Bridgewater. There have been signs pointing toward a rebuilding project under a new coaching staff in Carolina, but there was also some thought that the team might take one last chance at competing for a playoff spot with an offense led by Newton, Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. It now seems clear the Panthers have chosen the rebuilding path, which could lead to multiple trades in the weeks to come. Newton has been rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery with the hope of passing a physical and returning to football activity at some point this spring.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
1 month ago

The Panthers are expected to move forward with Newton (foot) as their starting quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

There's some serious hedging language in the report, with Rapoport noting that "a lot can happen in the coming months," and also mentioning that Newton's foot is "several months" away from being game-ready. The Panthers expect their veteran QB to pass a physical in March, likely allowing for some degree of participation in the offseason program under new head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Newton will turn 31 in May as he enters the final season of a five-year, $103.8 million contract, hoping to rebound from the foot surgery he had in early-to-mid December. His presence on the roster won't necessarily prevent the Panthers from drafting or signing a young quarterback.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 months ago

The Panthers expect Newton (foot) to pass a physical and be ready to return to football activity in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team also expressed that Newton will be eased back into action if he is indeed cleared after undergoing surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. Of course, there's no guarantee Newton will still be with the Panthers next month, as new coach Matt Ruhle and offensive coordinator Joe Brady may opt to cut or trade the 30-year-old quarterback -- they would save $19 million against the salary cap in 2020 -- and build around a younger signal-caller. This process could stretch into the offseason program as Newton's health is evaluated.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 months ago

The Panthers want to see Newton (foot) work out on the field in March before they decide his future with the organization, Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As a nine-year veteran with three Pro Bowl appearances and an MVP award, Newton would have every right to be annoyed about the team evaluating him on the basis of a workout that takes place four months after he underwent Lisfranc surgery. His rehab progress is only one part of the equation, as there's some thought new head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady would prefer to rebuild around a young quarterback even if Newton is deemed healthy. The decision also involves team owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney, both of whom will need to consider the $19.1 million in cap savings that can be created by trading or cutting Newton, who is entering the final season of a five-year, $103.8 million extension. The situation isn't likely to be resolved any sooner than March or April, and it could drag on even longer if Newton's rehab process is delayed. Early reports suggested he might be able to pass a physical as soon as March, but that's far from a sure thing.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
3 months ago

Newly hired coach Matt Rhule wouldn't comment on Newton's (foot) status with the Panthers moving forward at his introductory news conference Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rhule mentioned he had a conversation with Newton on Tuesday, saying the quarterback "didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future." Additionally, Rhule will defer to general manager Marty Hurney and owner David Tepper before making a final call on Newton, who has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons. At the moment, Newton is in recovery mode from a procedure to tighten the Lisfranc in his left foot. Of utmost importance, though, is the situation with his contract. The Panthers can save $19.1 million in salary cap space if they opt to trade or release Newton, so his status will be something to watch in the coming weeks and months.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
4 months ago

Newton underwent surgery on the Lisfranc injury in his left foot Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

As Jourdan Rodrigue reported last week, the procedure was expected to be a "tightening of the Lisfranc area." With the surgery behind him, there's hope Newton will complete his rehab by the spring, per Person, which is in the middle of his potential recovery timelines (as little as 8-to-10 weeks and as many as 6-to-9 months). His health aside, Newton's future with the Panthers is in question, as the team can save $19.1 million in salary cap space if it trades or releases the veteran signal-caller.

Cam Newton
QB CAR (7)
4 months ago

Interim coach Perry Fewell confirmed Wednesday that Newton will undergo surgery next week to address the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

A procedure has been hinted at since early November, so it seemed to be a matter of time before Newton went under the knife. According to Rodrigue, the surgery is "relatively simple," namely a "tightening of the Lisfranc area." Newton's recovery timeline is to be determined, but it could be as few as 8-to-10 weeks and as long as 6-to-9 months. Depending on how the rehab process treats Newton, he may be able to pass a physical when the new league year kicks off in early March. Notably, the Panthers can save $19.1 million in salary cap if they opt to trade or release Newton, who has one year remaining on his current contract.