Newton doesn't have a clear opportunity to sign with an NFL team as a starting quarterback, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. The Panthers did Newton no favors in waiting until late March to release him. Tampa Bay and Indianapolis had already signed new starting QBs at that point, while other teams had used most of their cap space on free agents at different positions. The Chargers might have been Newton's best hope, but they've been saying good things about Tyrod Taylor and now have No. 6 overall draft pick Justin Herbert coming in. The Patriots and Jaguars also have been mentioned as possible fits, though they seemingly plan to evaluate Jarrett Stidham and Gardner Minshew, respectively. It may be awhile before Newton signs with a team, and he can't necessarily count on injuries opening up a starting job, as there's no indication of practices starting soon.
The Panthers cut Newton on Tuesday. Unable to find a trade partner, the Panthers nonetheless will move forward with Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier and P.J. Walker at quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Newton passed a physical examination Monday in Atlanta, with both his left foot and right shoulder checking out fine. Still, NFL suitors may want their own doctors to examine Newton, so it won't come as any surprise if he remains unsigned for a while. The shoulder has been a problem on and off for the past few years, while his foot required Lisfranc surgery in early December.
Newton (foot/shoulder) underwent a physical in Atlanta on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, Newton passed the physical -- which was coordinated by the Panthers and his agency team -- with his both his foot and shoulder "checking out well." This news follows reports that Carolina is expected to release the QB. Once that happens, Newton's passed physical should help him find a new team quicker than if there were looming questions regarding the soundness of his foot and/or shoulder.
The Panthers are expected to release Newton (foot) on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Recent reports suggested Newton would work with the Panthers to find a trade partner, but it seems they haven't had any luck in that regard. The veteran QB will soon hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers have given Newton (foot) permission to seek a trade. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that team and player are working together to find a trade, and Dianna Russini of ESPN adds that the Panthers have shown interest in signing Teddy Bridgewater. There have been signs pointing toward a rebuilding project under a new coaching staff in Carolina, but there was also some thought that the team might take one last chance at competing for a playoff spot with an offense led by Newton, Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. It now seems clear the Panthers have chosen the rebuilding path, which could lead to multiple trades in the weeks to come. Newton has been rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery with the hope of passing a physical and returning to football activity at some point this spring.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|2||09/20||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|3||09/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|7||10/25||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||62.7||2423||15||10||413||3||225|