Veteran quarterback Cam Newton has endorsed with the Carolina Panthers, returning to the team that he entered the NFL with as the first generally overall pick in 2011 and afterward prompted the Super Bowl in 2015.
The arrangement is worth up to $10 million for the rest of the season, including $4.5 million guaranteed and a $1.5 million program reward, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Newton’s return created a buzz around the Carolinas that cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who experienced childhood in nearby Rock Hill, South Carolina, and played with Newton the previous 18 months in New England, sees better compared to most.
“There’s a lot of important people in South Carolina and North Carolina, but Cam Newton is probably right up there at the top two or top one,” he said.
seasons with the Panthers, was inaccessible for input Thursday as he started meeting with coaches after passing his physical.
He is relied upon to address the media on Friday, however his essence previously was searched Charlotte and at the arena.
The move adds strength to the Panthers after their beginning quarterback, Sam Darnold, harmed his right shoulder on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Darnold is relied upon to miss different games. The Panthers’ reinforcement, P.J. Walker, has begun just one game in his two-year star vocation, and the group as of late marked the understudy Matt Barkley.
“This is a disciplined decision,” Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday at a news conference. “This is an excellent player who is healthy and wants to be here and I’m excited.”
After the Panthers cut Newton, the Patriots signed him in July 2020, and he began 15 games for them last season. In any case, the Patriots released him close to the furthest limit of this instructional course, choosing for start a freshman, Mac Jones, whom the group drafted No. 15 generally speaking this spring. In August, a misunderstanding of Covid-19 conventions constrained Newton to miss a few days of training — a sign that he had not been vaccinated. His nonappearance permitted Jones to rehearse with the Patriots’ starters.
The 32-year-old quarterback said in a video published to his YouTube channel last month that he’s been immunized.
Rhule said he feels the Panthers actually can win now, with the league’s No. 2 safeguard and a sound Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, in case there is security at quarterback.
“We have a team we feel like can win,” Rhule said. “We owe it to our players to try to go win. We owe it to our fans to try to go win.”
Added Rhule later: “This is a disciplined decision. This is an excellent player that is healthy and wants to be here. I’m excited.”
Newton last played for Carolina in the second round of the 2019 season prior to being sidelined subsequent to exasperating a Lisfranc injury experienced in the third preseason game
“Cam Newton is a pro,” Rhule said when found out if Newton held onto any bad sentiments about his release from the Panthers in 2019. “We made a football decision at the time based on his health. We weren’t sure what his health was, and we had to make a decision. Cam understands that. He understands these are football-based.
In nine seasons with Carolina, Newton is the franchise’s career leader in passing yards (29,041), passing touchdowns (182) and rushing touchdowns (58). He ranks third with 4,806 rushing yards.
As per Elias Sports Bureau information, Newton is 959 passing yards and 194 hurrying yards from becoming the main player in NFL history to arrive at the 30K-5K club for a solitary group – in spite of the fact that Russell Wilson needs only 426 surging yards to arrive at the achievement with the Seattle Seahawks.
Newton threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10 additional during his 2015 MVP season, when he drove Carolina to a 15-1 regular-season record.