The Panthers are opening up to a Cam Newton reunion on two terms

The Panthers have not closed the possibility of a reunion with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton.

Carolina is “open” to bringing Newton back on the condition that he would not go to training camp as a starter and would have to agree to a lower salary, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Panthers last November after Sam Darnold suffered a shoulder injury. He struggled, going 0-5 and finishing with 684 passing yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions, and five rushing touchdowns.

According to Spotrac, Darnold remains on the list with a guaranteed salary of $18.9 million for 2022. The former Jets quarterback finished last season with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

In March, Newton indicated he would remain patient amid the NFL quarterback carousel. tell ESPN, “I have teams that are interested in signing me. I’m waiting for the best solution when it comes to winning a championship and playing a fair chance.”

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers watches from the sidelines
Cam Newton says he has many admirers in the free-agent market — the Panthers being one of them.
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That same month, Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said the door was open for Newton to return to Carolina, where he spent the first nine years of his NFL career. The Panthers selected Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

At the time, Fitterer said Newton “knows where we’re at,” adding the 33-year-old quarterback “has to like the role, the situation. It just suits both of us.”

The Panthers still need help at the quarterback position despite taking on Ole Miss product Matt Corral in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Carolina finished last season 5-12 with the No. 29 league goalscoring list.

Prior to his return to the Panthers last season, Newton was a free agent for two months following his release from the Patriots at the end of training camp. He went 7-8 as a starter in 2020, his only season in New England. The Panthers are opening up to a Cam Newton reunion on two terms


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