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Panthers Have Reportedly Made A Decision On QB Cam Newton

A closeup of Cam Newton throwing a pass during a Panthers game.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Panthers appear to have a plan in place at the quarterback position.

Carolina has reportedly made a decision on quarterback Cam Newton with the 2020 NFL Draft approaching. The plan, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, is to stick with the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

Newton is currently recovering from an injury. However, Carolina is reportedly optimistic about Newton's rehab process.

Panthers first-year head coach Matt Rhule and his staff have reportedly been "encouraged" by what they've seen from Newton. The former Auburn Tigers star has reportedly been spending a lot of time in Charlotte.

"A lot can still happen in the coming months, but as of now, the Panthers are moving forward with Cam Newton as their starting QB, sources say. While his foot is healing well, it will be several months until it’s game-ready — a timeline that complicates any potential trade," Rapoport tweeted.

Some had speculated that Carolina would consider trading up in the 2020 NFL Draft to take a quarterback and potentially replace Newton.

But a healthy Newton is still a very good quarterback and if the Panthers are encouraged by his recovery process, sticking with him is smart.

As Rapoport tweeted, however, a lot can happen between now and the NFL Draft. For now, though, the Panthers are sticking with Newton.