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Panthers Make Decision on Cam Newton

Cam Newton will be the Panther’s starter in 2020. Ian Rappaport reported that Carolina will be the starter under center in 2020. This is after months of questions about his future with the organization.

Newton is the best option at quarterback for the Panthers. His contract is one of the best for a starting quarterback, but several questions are still there. The main one is his health. Newton has only played one full season since 2016 but was having his best season in 2018 before a week 10 sack from T.J. Watt injured his shoulder.

Cam Newton is also on the final year of his deal, with 19.2 million owed this season. This makes him 18th highest contract in the league. This is a steal for an MVP-caliber quarterback, which Newton is when healthy.

The real question comes after this season when Newton’s contract expires. A 31-year-old quarterback with erratic play and injury concerns is not easy to pay top quarterback money.

The fact that Newton has all this going against him does not make the outlook of the position. Newton is into his age 30 season, and with the abuse, he has taken throughout his career, it is no guarantee he stays a Panther beyond next season. The Panthers still need to groom a replacement for Newton, whether or not the future is on the roster or not at this moment

With all this taken into account, Newton still brings a skill set to the Offense that not many other quarterbacks provide. His extra dimension as a runner makes it incredibly hard to prepare for the Panthers and frees them up to do more on offense.

Cam Newton returning should also benefit all-pro running back Christian Mccaffrey, and third-year receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, as they will have less pressure on them with an established quarterback getting them the ball next year.


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