NFL Insiders: Panthers Expected To Trade Cam Newton In Off Season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton had surgery on his lisfranc foot injury Monday, according to Joe Person with The Athletic. Person tweeted that Newton had the surgery in New York, under Nets doctor Martin O’Malley, who also operated on Kevin Durant’s achilles.

The recovery is about three months. The goal, NFL insider Ian Rapoport is reporting, is for Cam to be healthy by March. And that’s when his future will be decided. Because it looks like his days as a Panther are numbered. Team owner David Tepper says he wants to hire an assistant general manager, he obviously now needs a new head coach, and a new starting quarterback also appears to be on the list.

Rapoport says, “Due about $19 million next year, the Panthers can save all of it against the cap if they release him. I am told they are not going to release him. Instead, expect the Panthers to try and trade Cam Newton this off season. No doubt gonna be one of the biggest story lines with so many big time, big name quarterbacks available. Newton is going to be right in the mix, assuming he’s healthy. The Panthers are certainly not gonna give him away. They hope to get a bounty of draft picks.”

Cam was drafted nearly a decade ago, in 2011. He’s taken the team to one Super Bowl. But he’s been plagued by injuries lately. Our question of the night: is it time to part ways with Cam?

This episode’s panel features:
Fox Sports Charlotte radio host and comedian QCB
WCCB Charlotte sports anchor and reporter Hannah Oliveto
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