For a while, it seemed like the Carolina Panthers were preparing to move on from Cam Newton. However, things aren't quite that simple.
Earlier today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Panthers are moving forward with Newton as the team's starting quarterback for now. It will be a while until we know for sure if Newton's injured foot has healed.
“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.
If Newton's rehab continues to go smoothly, Carolina could opt to hold onto him for the 2020 season. He has one year remaining on his current contract.
They could also eventually trade him after he is cleared and before the season starts. Reports indicate the Panthers are in rebuild mode under first-year head coach Matt Rhule, and the team could opt to find its next franchise QB in 2021.
The latest report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler indicates Carolina is weighing all of its options.
Newton only played in two games during the 2019 season before undergoing foot surgery.
Kyle Allen and Will Grier stepped in and started in his place, but neither seems like a long-term option for the Panthers.