3 winners and 3 losers from the Carolina Panthers signing of Cam Newton

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Cam Newton is home. He signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and here are some big winners and losers from the move.

It felt like it would never happen, but it did.

Cam Newton is once again a member of the Carolina Panthers after signing a one-year deal with the team on Thursday for a remarkable reunion. After being released by the team at the beginning of 2020, the iconic quarterback spent last season with the New England Patriots before being cut by them this offseason.

The Panthers experimented with Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold as replacement starting signal-callers, but with the latter suffering an injury this week, they’ve come full circle with the return of Newton.

Newton got his money’s worth, reportedly signing a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, and it doesn’t look like Darnold will ever start another game with the Panthers, barring some unforeseen circumstances.

While Newton might not be near the same player he was when named the 2015 NFL MVP, he played solid with the Patriots last year before getting COVID-19 and having his performance affected.

General manager Scott Fitterer told reporters Thursday that Newton passed his physical and his shoulder looked good, which means hopefully, he can bring some of that “Superman” mantra back to the Queen City.

With how bad Darnold had played and P.J. Walker not showing anything to prove he could be a competent starter, there frankly were no other options for Carolina except to swallow their pride and reach back out to Newton.

This move will have a ton of effects down the road this season. But for now, here are the immediate three winners and three losers from the signing.

And this list won’t include Cam Newton since it’s obvious that he’s a clear winner.