As a free agent, Cam Newton signs with the Panthers, who are in desperate need of a quarterback
The Panthers of the NFC South are in desperate need of a new quarterback. The answer will be found in a familiar face.
As soon as Jonathan A. Alexander of the Charlotte-Observer revealed that the team had planned to meet with their all-time passing leader, Cam Newton, to discuss a possible return to the team that first brought him into the league, Carolina signed him on Thursday to a one-year contract. Since the Patriots dismissed him in August, Carolina Panthers running back Cam Newton has been a free agent.
After Sam Darnold suffered a fracture in his right shoulder blade, the Panthers are in search of a new starting quarterback. A three-game suspension for Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold means he’ll be out for a while. It was announced this week that PJ Walker will start Sunday, and Carolina added Matt Barkley as a backup.
As a result, Newton was a logical choice for the Panthers, who only had two quarterbacks on the active roster. As a replacement for Darnold, Walker has completed just three of his 15 throws for 33 yards and no touchdowns, with no interceptions (39.6 rating). As soon as Newton comes back into football form, he will be the favourite to start.
Last season was the Patriots’ first season with a losing record since 2000, when Newton started 15 games. He threw for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns, and ten interceptions in 65.8% of his attempts (82.9 rating). With his legs instead of his arm, Newton rushed for 592 yards and a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns in Week 14. With four rushing touchdowns, it was the most by any quarterback in NFL history for 2020. As a result, he set Patriots records for most rushing attempts (137) and rushing yards (592). Newton is the only quarterback to score at least 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
While Newton has a long list of NFL records, the most rushing touchdowns (70) and the most games with two touchdowns are among his most notable achievements (32). Only Michael Vick (6,109) has rushed for more rushing yards in a quarterback’s career (5,398).
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 32, has one final shot to prove he can still play in the NFL before he retires at the end of the season.