In just two seasons in the NFL, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown the brilliance of an elite-level signal-caller and the mediocrity of a player seemingly lost at times.
The ups and downs that Newton endured are somewhat typical of a young player in his first two seasons of professional football. But as time moves forward, Newton is going to have to stop relying on the young quarterback crutch and really develop into the leader he’s expected to become as the first pick of the 2011 NFL draft.
Unfortunately, with the Panthers in the midst of a potential salary cap nightmare, Newton may never get all the pieces in place to truly become great.
While many teams have been able to compete and thrive in the free-agent marketplace over the last few weeks the Panthers have been hamstrung with a very tight budget. Even after restructuring a number of contracts to free up cap space, instead of being able to talk to marquee free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha the Panthers have been relegated to bringing back their own players like Captain Munnerlyn and Dwan Edwards and signing less-sought-after players like Ted Ginn Jr.