4 pros and cons to a Cam Newton reunion with the Carolina Panthers

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Cam Newton might be too big for a Carolina Panthers backup role

Sitting on the bench and accepting your role is one of the hardest things a top athlete has to do. In his head, Cam Newton is still an MVP-caliber quarterback capable of putting a team on his back and willing them to a win.

We saw him do just that in his days at Auburn and during his early years with the Carolina Panthers. Newton is going to have to become a different player if he were to be offered a homecoming – something, in all honesty, he may not be capable of becoming.

Can Newton accept a utility role or back up a younger less proven player in Sam Darnold?

For all the reasons that make it interesting, there are just as many that make it combustible. What if after a bad start from Darnold fans begin to demand Newton is installed into the lineup?

Or can Darnold keep the locker room when Newton spent so many years in Carolina?

He is an infectious player who fans and teammates love.

He puts his body on the line and gives his team every ounce of what he has.

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This is what makes him great and at the same time could make him a distraction in Carolina. Something the Panthers must weigh very carefully before opting to bring Newton back into the fold.