Carolina Panthers could face Cam Newton in 2020

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(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Cam Newton
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Cam Newton /
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The Carolina Panthers could play against Cam Newton this season.

Once the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton immediately became face of the franchise. Invoking a sense of excitement and ushering in a  new generation of fans, Newton was more than simply a signal caller. Through both his play on the field and generosity off it, Newton established himself as a integral part in the city of Charlotte.

Leading the Panthers through their most successful stretch in team history, Newton won a league MVP, orchestrated a nearly undefeated season, made a Super Bowl appearance, won multiple divisional titles and went to the playoffs four times. Creating an evolution of the quarterback position, Newton’s injuries ultimately led Carolina to release him after missing a majority of the 2019 season.

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Now in search of a new team, there aren’t too many available options where Newton may land. Initially, the Panthers looked for a potential trade partner but with an air of physical uncertainty and if he’s capable of returning to being the impact player he once was – the team found no suitors.

At this point in the offseason a majority of organizations have their starting quarterback situation determined. While a few may be eyeing a potential draft target, the vast majority either have someone returning or have acquired who they hope to be under center in Week 1 already. However, Newton is obviously going to find work elsewhere and his new team may square off against Carolina this season.

Some of the prime candidates for Newton include: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago – all scheduled opponents for the Panthers in 2020. If the former Panthers quarterback winds up with the Raiders or Bears he’ll be returning to Bank of America Stadium on the opposite sideline. Should he join former coach Ron Rivera in Washington or end up in a Chargers uniform, Carolina will visit this year.

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Facing a limited market, the odds Newton squares off against his former team sooner rather than later are actually quite high.

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