Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton ‘absolutely’ returning

Cam Newton confident he’ll be back as the Carolina Panthers quarterback in 2020.

Rumors surrounding quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers continue to circle around the league and expectations are they’ll only increase as March approaches. After playing in just two games last season, the Panthers face a difficult decision regarding their former No. 1 overall pick, league MVP and franchise quarterback for nearly the past decade.

In fact, the inability of Carolina in making a commitment to Newton is likely a bit of gamesmanship and wanting to approach the situation with an open mind. While true that Newton has a lot to prove after missing a significant amount of time with recent injuries, he’s also already been a difference maker when playing his best. However, as the team inherits a new coach, staff and approach to the future, landing a new signal caller remains an option.

Owner David Tepper tabbed former Baylor coach Matt Rhule to lead the Panthers and while making the rounds during Super Bowl week, Newton said he was ‘absolutely’ sure he would be returning. Stating he met with Rhule, Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney, Newton appears committed to bouncing back and continuing with the Panthers.

Opposite, Hurney remained non committal, saying Newton was continuing to rehab but failing to commit any further. Facing an uncertain future, exactly what the Panthers could expect in return for Newton is questionable and they may wish to simply test the market before making any permanent decisions.

Regardless, it is apparent Tepper remains committed to Hurney and that all scenarios will be discussed before free agency and the NFL Draft begin. At that point, or before, it should be clear exactly what the plans are for Newton’s future.

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