Panthers Notes: Newton, GM, Rebuild

While the Panthers and Cam Newton are clearly parting ways, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports the team may have been open to a reunion. A source tells Fowler that Carolina was open to bringing Newton back for the 2020 season, but was unwilling to extend his contract, something they expected him to want. Instead, the team signed free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $60MM contract that gives them a proven starter with long-term flexibility.

Here are some more notes from around the Panthers organization:

  • The assistant general manager hire in Carolina may have higher stakes than usual. Per Joseph Person of The Athletic, whoever is hired will be the successor to current general manager Marty Hurney (who extends back to the Ron Rivera regime). The Panthers, of course, moved on from Rivera this offseason and hired Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Rhule will obviously have a lot of input on who becomes the assistant general manager as that will soon be his primary partner in player personnel decisions.
  • There does seem to be some uncertainty surrounding the short-term plan in Carolina. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports the front office has changed its tune away from a full rebuild towards a “mixed reboot.” Robinson notes that around the scouting combine the team had seemed to suggest that all players were available in trades, but that tone has, at least on the surface, shifted. Granted, Rhule could want to wait until they hire an assistant general manager.
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      • jellbuc

        I just don’t see him to the pats. He’s not an accurate passer and he doesn’t make quick decision. He normally holds on to the ball for 5-6 seconds before throwing. That won’t work with the Pats.

        He also had a tendency to overthrow and he’s not very accurate.

      • mcmillankmm

        I don’t see him going to the Pats in a trade unless it’s minimal compensation.

  1. TJECK109

    I can’t see him being a BB player for some reason. Chargers I think would be a better fit with more weapons

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Is Cam to the Redskins a possibility? Haskins didn’t exactly look that great last year and Rivera is the coach…

    Swap Cam Newton for Alex Smith with draft compensation maybe a second round pick.

  3. Kind of curious to see them sign Bridgewater before unloading Cam if that was their plan. Any team trading with them has some serious leverage.

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