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Cam Newton to satisfy with QB-needy Panthers this week as free agent seeks return to NFL, per file

The Carolina Panthers are looking a quarterback. A acquainted face will most doubtless be the acknowledge. 

Carolina signed Cam Newton to a one-12 months contract Thursday hours after Jonathan A. Alexander of the Charlotte Observer reported the team scheduled a meeting with their all-time passing leader relating to a imaginable return to the franchise that drafted him. Newton, who performed for the Panthers from 2011 to 2019, has been a free agent since the Original England Patriots released him in August. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reviews the one-12 months contract is price up to $10 million for the leisure of 12 months, which contains $4.5 million fully assured and a $1.5 million roster bonus.  

Panthers GM Scott Fitterrer on Cam Newton: “I steadily admired the competitor athlete. However in actuality meeting him at this time time, this guy is all about team. He used to be in actuality a daring particular person. He is coming in taking a stumble on to aid us. He thinks he can build aside us over the head.”

The Panthers are looking a starting quarterback after starter Sam Darnold suffered a shatter in his accurate shoulder blade. Carolina placed Darnold on injured reserve — which manner he’s out for at the least three video games. PJ Walker is scheduled to originate Sunday and Carolina signed Matt Barkley this week for roster depth. 

The Panthers personal correct two quarterbacks on the packed with life roster, which is why it made sense to present Newton a name. Walker has struggled when he’s relieved Darnold, finishing up correct 3 of 15 passes for 33 yards and not utilizing a touchdowns and no interceptions (39.6 rating). Newton is anticipated to originate as soon as he will get abet into football form, with the doubtless return in Week 11 in opposition to Washington.

(To construct up how the Sportsline oddsmakers handicapped Newton maybe signing with Carolina or one other team this season, click right here.)

Newton transformed the Panthers into a Sizable Bowl contender all the draw through his nine years in Carolina, a success the 2015 NFL MVP award and leading the group to Sizable Bowl 50. Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns in his occupation with Carolina, each the most in franchise ancient past. He is also third on the Panthers’ all-time dashing checklist (4,806), and his 58 dashing touchdowns are the most in franchise ancient past. 

Newton started 15 video games in Original England splendid season, the Patriots’ first with a losing memoir since 2000. He performed 65.8% of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions (82.9 rating). Newton rushed for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns, including designate with his legs as a change of his arm. Newton scored just a few dashing touchdowns in four video games in 2020, the most by any quarterback in the league. He also space the Patriots’ memoir for most voguish attempts (137) and dashing yards (592) in a season. Newton is also the most attention-grabbing quarterback to achieve double-digit touchdowns in three separate seasons. 

Amongst the NFL records Newton owns, he has the most voguish touchdowns ever by a quarterback (70) and the most video games with a passing and dashing landing (32). Newton is second easiest to Michael Vick (6,109) in occupation dashing yards by a quarterback (5,398).

The Panthers personal their various for one closing tour with the 32-12 months-extinct Newton, that would also very effectively be his closing chance to demonstrate he can detached originate in the NFL. 

How powerful does Carolina give a take hang of to with Newton?

SportsLine Recordsdata Scientist Stephen Oh says the simulations personal Carolina adjustments of making the playoffs bettering from 8.5% to to 10.6% (assuming Newton begins his first recreation in opposition to Washington in Week 11).  That is a 25% development, irrespective of the +2.1 jump. The Panthers are 4-5 after nine video games, a half recreation in the abet of the Atlanta Falcons for the seventh seed in the NFC playoff image. 

Carolina

Steal

Steal%

Division

Playoff

With Sam Darnold

7.1

41.8%

1.0%

8.5%

With Cam Newton

7.3

42.9%

1.3%

10.6%

Difference

+0.2

1.2%

0.3%

2.1%

Delusion Impact

“The hope is, Newton turns into the quarterback for the Panthers earlier than long for the sake of the leisure of the Delusion alternatives right here. He has hundreds of enchantment on his possess — his dashing makes him a seemingly high-12 QB by itself — however if Newton can correct be somewhere north of abysmal, that is an give a take hang of to over what the Panthers personal today. 

“Christian McCaffrey’s most attention-grabbing season came when Newton wasn’t wholesome, however he detached had 107 catches with Newton in 2018, so I’m no longer thinking about Newton’s dashing abilities removing from him, and he would be an give a take hang of to for D.J. Moore, who has high-12 seemingly himself if he can protect his purpose fragment around 30%.” — Chris Towers (CBS Sports activities Delusion Analyst)

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