Cam Newton is officially back in Carolina. On Thursday afternoon, the former MVP agreed to a deal with the Panthers.
Jonathan Alexander of the Charlotte Observer was first to report that Newton was meeting with the Panthers this Thursday. Considering the Panthers signed him this afternoon, it’s safe to say that meeting went well.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report that Newton is returning to the Panthers. He said the two sides cleared the air about Newton’s departure back in 2020.
“Cam Newton had a good meeting with owner David Tepper, GM Scott Fitterer and VP of Football Operations Stephen Drummond,” Rapoport tweeted. “He had previously met with coach Matt Rhule. An honest conversation that needed to happen. They cleared the air and will move forward.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2021
Newton, in theory, could suit up for the Panthers this Sunday. As of now, though, PJ Walker is expected to be the starter for Week 10.
With Sam Darnold out due to a shoulder injury, there’s a serious hole at quarterback for the Panthers. Though he’s no longer considered an MVP-caliber quarterback, Newton could potentially earn the starting job at some point this season.
One thing is certain: Panthers fans will welcome back Newton with open arms when the team returns to Bank of America Stadium next Sunday. The fan base in Carolina adored Newton due to his electric personality and absurd on-field production.