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Panthers Reportedly Close To Decision On QB Cam Newton

Cam Newton crouching over.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks on prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Carolina Panthers announced that they would be looking for a trade partner for quarterback Cam Newton. Apparently, that search has been fruitless thus far.

The market for Newton doesn't seem to be what Carolina hoped for. According to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue, Newton is expected to be released soon.

This week, Carolina agreed to a three-year deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They have been unable to consummate it due to coronavirus restrictions which have prevented him from having his physical done.

With Bridgewater expected to be the new QB1 for the Panthers, Newton's services are no longer needed. Once he's on the free market, he'll draw interest from other teams.

However, teams are likely hesitant to give up compensation for him, considering his recent health history.

Newton was the league MVP in 2015 but has battled injuries over the last few seasons. He appeared in only two games in 2019.

Still, when healthy, he remains a dangerous quarterback. Now that he'll only cost money as opposed to a draft pick, more teams might kick the tires on the 2011 No. 1 overall pick.