As Cam Newton enters his 10th NFL season, the likelihood that he'll be playing somewhere else than Carolina in 2020 has increased.
Newton has battled injuries the last two seasons and missed 14 games in 2019. The Panthers went 5-11 and fired their head coach Ron Rivera. New head coach Matt Rhule is looking to change things up in Carolina, and that probably means moving on from Newton, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hinted at today.
"It looks like the Carolina Panthers are probably heading toward much more of a rebuild than we first realized when they hired head coach Matt Rhule," Rapoport said this morning. "That would likely have them looking for a potential trade partner for Cam Newton."
Rapoport also cited Newton's health as one of the things Carolina must consider before approaching a trade. If the veteran quarterback's foot is healed up enough to where he can participate in some football activities by the middle of next month, the Panthers could then likely move forward with trade talks.
Rapoport mentions the Colts, Chargers and Bucs as potential landing spots for Newton.
Newton, the 2015 league MVP, actually put together a solid campaign in 2018. He started 14 games and threw for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns while completing a career-high 67.9 percent of his passes.
If he can regain some of that form with his new team, he'll be worth the trade gamble.