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NFL Team Eyeing Trade For Cam Newton Before Panthers Release Him

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 Carolina Panthers are moving on from Cam Newton. There is debate about whether the decision was mutual or not, but it is reality.

In all likelihood, Carolina will just have to release Newton, but they are looking to find a trade partner before that happens. The Chicago Bears might fit that bill, according to CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones.

According to Jones, the Bears have spoken with Carolina about Newton. Chicago might choose to trade for the 2015 NFL MVP as a means of beating other teams to the punch before Newton could go on the open market.

All indications are that the Bears at least want to bring in a QB to push Mitchell Trubisky, if not replace him outright. Newton would certainly be that type of quarterback.

Besides Newton, the Bears could still try to pursue either Andy Dalton or Nick Foles on the trade market. Jameis Winston will be a free agent as well, with the Bucs set to sign Tom Brady, but it's unclear if Chicago would be interested in the 2015 No. 1 overall pick.

Newton has dealt with a variety of injuries over the last few seasons. He played in only two games in 2019 before shutting it down for the season.

To replace the nine-year veteran, the Panthers reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with Teddy Bridgewater on Tuesday night.