To solve Their quarterback issues, the Carolina Panthers are going back to a familiar face — the familiar face — of the franchise.
The Panthers announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with free agent Cam Newton — the team’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns. After completing a physical, the agreement will remain in effect. This came after the Charlotte Observer reported earlier on Thursday that Newton would be visiting the franchise.
Carolina has been battling poor play and now a key injury at the position. Although the team’s start quarterback Sam Darnold began 2021 with solid play and a 3-0 start but is now tied for second in the league with 11 interceptions. In a 24-6 loss against the New England Patriots, Darnold suffered an incomplete fracture in his throwing shoulder and will now miss four to six weeks. P.J. Walker is the team’s back-up and was originally expected to begin Sunday’s game against Arizona Cardinals. The availability of Newton on Sunday is unknown.
Numerous reportsIt is estimated that this agreement has a value of as high as $10,000,000 and includes $4.5million guaranteed as well as a $1.5million roster bonus.
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The Panthers selected Newton No.1 overall in the 2011 NFL draft and he was the team’s starter from 2011-19, until injuries derailed his time there. In March 2020, the Panthers released Newton, who signed with the New England Patriots in June of that year as the team was looking to replace Tom Brady. Newton only played in New England for one season. The team didn’t make it to the playoffs. Newton was fired by the Patriots after Newton, who lost the competition for the position of quarterback during training camp.
On social media, the Panthers shared a photo of Newton with David Tepper, franchise owner. A hype videoNewton is seen emerging from the tunnel in pre-game introductions at Bank of America Stadium.
Newton was 32 years old and threw for 29041 yards passing and 182 touchdowns. He also ran for 58 points in nine seasons at Carolina.
Newton’s greatest season as a Panther was 2015. He helped the team achieve a 15-1 record. Though Carolina lost in Super Bowl 50 to Denver, Newton was awarded MVP. This is the first and only award he has received. Newton gained 4,473 yards total offense and 45 touchdowns.
Newton, based on an online roster posted on the team website, will wear No. The No.1 jersey Newton wore during his last stint on the team was very popular.
It is possible that Newton may be considered a permanent fixture by the Panthers, regardless of Darnold’s health.
“My job is to try to win right now,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday. Our fans don’t pay money to see us win over the next two years. While you are trying to build an elite Super Bowl team, You have to find a balance between doing the right thing long-term, and trying hard to win. These are often the same things.
“There are 4 teams in the NFC that have won more than 6 games. All the rest are about our level. The NFL has many teams trying to find ways to win. … My job is to try to win.”
On Tuesday, Carolina also signed backup quarterback Matt Barkley off of the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans.
They are the 8th seed in NFC. This puts them on the fringe of the playoff picture for the second half of the season. The No. The No. 7 seed, a rival in NFC South, will also be facing a difficult test Week 10, when they take on the 6-2 Dallas Cowboys.