Cam Newton could soon be back in Carolina.
The former Panthers MVP is meeting with the Panthers, according to the Charlotte Observer, and could make a return to the franchise where he spent the first nine years of his career.
Newton has been unsigned this year since the Patriots cut him in training camp. He didn’t do much last year with the Patriots, throwing for 2,657 yards and rushing for 592 as the team struggled to adjust to life without Tom Brady.
The Panthers, though, have struggled to adjust to life without Newton.
Through nine games, they’re sitting at 4-5 and it’s seems that Sam Darnold isn’t the answer at quarterback. The former Jet, for whom the Panthers dealt a second-round pick and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury, has thrown 11 interceptions to seven touchdowns. He’s averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt. PJ Walker is currently Carolina’s expected starter.
Newton suffered a Lisfranc injury with the Panthers two seasons ago that kept him off the field for all but two games. After trying and failing to trade him, the Panthers released him following the 2019 season.
As one of the best players in franchise history, though, a reunion would be an exciting possibility — and could help solve some of Carolina’s issues.
“I won’t get into any hypotheticals,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule told reporters Wednesday when asked about signing Newton. “I’ll just probably talk about guys on the roster. Our job is to try and win. So we’re gonna evaluate and talk to whatever we think is possibly out there. But in terms of specific comments, I just talk about our team.”