Panthers Sticking With Kyle Allen

Changes have been aplenty recently in Carolina, but new Panthers offensive playcaller Scott Turner made clear there will not be a change at quarterback, according to Max Henson of the Panthers team website. While Kyle Allen has been the team’s replacement for injured star Cam Newton, recent struggles led some to call for rookie Will Grier.

Allen, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Houston, served as Carolina’s backup in his rookie season and was thrust into action after Newton was forced to rest a painful foot injury. At first, Allen looked like a potential star, leading Carolina to four straight victories while throwing 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. The team is just 1-5 since, however, and Allen has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (8).

The future of the Panthers quarterback position remains one of the biggest offseason questions in the league. Newton’s contract allows the team to trade or release him and save over $19MM in cap space. However, he remains the best quarterback in their franchise’s history and is not very far removed from being one of the best players in the NFL. He would immediately become one of the most intriguing players on the trade market or as a free agent (if the team released him).

If the Panthers believe Allen is a legitimate franchise quarterback, his extremely team-friendly contract could allow the team to recoup draft capital for Newton while using the cap savings to sure up other positions. Who’s decision that will be remains unclear. After firing head coach Ron Rivera, new ownership, led by David Tepper, will likely want the next head coach involved in making that decision. By sticking with Allen, it will give the Panthers organization-and whoever joins them-a greater chance to evaluate his prospects.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    Saving $19MM is a pretty good inducement to part ways with Newton. McCaffrey can be the meal ticket until the Panthers develop their next QB. I don’t imagine Carolina wants to be stuck in the same situation the Colts were in with Luck, hoping against hope that their star QB could overcome nagging injuries.

    • BuckarooBanzai

      Agreed except Mac can’t keep up this pace waiting for a franchise QB

      Maybe reach out to Miami and try to snag one of their 1st Rounders.

      Doubtful but nothing ventured …

      • kevin

        it would be dumb to trade a 1st for a injury prone qb on the back slide of his career and with that salary. I’d be ok with the dolphins sending a 5th rd pick for em but not much more .

  2. bradthebluefish

    Saving $19MM and getting new offensive or defensive weapons would be best. Kyle Allen or Will Grier will do fine. Similar floor / ceiling.

  3. doug.daniel243

    Sorry don’t wanna be that guy but he was actually the 3rd string QB last year and didn’t start playing until after Taylor Heinicke got hurt.

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