Cam Newton meeting with Panthers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles with the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 34-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers have a quarterback problem. Starter Sam Darnold recently suffered a shoulder blade fracture, leaving him out indefinitely.

His backup PJ Walker is slated to start next game, but Walker has just one NFL win under his belt. Third-stringer Matt Barkley also has an underwhelming career, throwing just 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in seven years.

Now, the team is meeting with former Panther Cam Newton. Newton famously took the team all the way to Super Bowl L in 2016. He also won NFL MVP that season. However, he has failed to meet that standard of play in the seasons since.

Newton’s fall from grace escalated this season as the Patriots released him into free agency. Since then, he’s been looking for a team.

Head coach Matt Rhule looks to bolster his depth chart as soon as possible due to having just two quarterbacks on the roster. He also aims to sign a game-changer, not just another backup for Walker or Barkley.

“Just in general, I think you want someone who’s elitely intelligent. I think you want someone who’s a tremendous leader, [who’s] accurate. I think you want someone who has arm talent to make all the throws. And I think you want someone who has a history of making plays in crucial situations, that’s just very urgent.”

Matt Rhule

Newton meets Rhule’s set criteria. After all, he did win an MVP and led the team to the Super Bowl in the same season.

While Newton is coming off a down year with the Patriots, throwing just eight touchdowns in 15 games, he still has talent and a tremendous throwing arm. However, he also is now 32 years old. Not very helpful, considering his once deadly dual-threat play that scrambled defenses across the league.

If Newton signs with the Panthers, fans should be excited to see one of their franchise’s best-ever retake the field in blue and black.

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