Cam Newton Trade Rumors: Panthers Open to Deal 'For a Significant Return'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2019

ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del jueves 12 de septiembre de 2019, el quarterback de los Panthers de Carolina, Cam Newton (1), sale del terreno de juego tras una derrota 20-14 ante los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay en un juego de la NFL en Charlotte, Carolina del Norte. (AP Foto/Mike McCarn, Archivo)
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The Cam Newton era could be coming to a close for the Carolina Panthers.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: "The expectation is that the Panthers will attempt to trade Newton this offseason provided they can get a large deal to make it worth their while. In what could be the most active quarterback market in years, Newton—if healthy—could be the centerpiece."

Rapoport added: "With Kyle Allen showing potential and Will Grier possessing traits that led the Panthers to grade him better than the third-rounder he was, they have options. And a top option is for the new coach and still-GM Marty Hurney to move on from the former MVP Newton, collect a bounty of picks, and start fresh."

But what could they get?

Rapoport posited that Newton's value could fall somewhere between the fourth-round pick the Denver Broncos gave up for Joe Flacco this offseason and the first- and fourth-round picks the Minnesota Vikings gave up to acquire Sam Bradford in 2016.

Newton, 30, is due $18.6 million next season, making him a relative bargain if he's healthy. It's the final year of his deal, though any team giving up assets would likely look to sign him long term.

While Newton wasn't having a great season before a Lisfranc injury ended his season (572 passing yards, no touchdowns, one interception, 56.2 percent completion percentage in two games), he remains a solid option. Last season, he threw for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 67.9 percent of his passes while also rushing for 488 yards and another four scores.

Since winning MVP and leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl in the 2015 season, however, Newton took the Panthers to the postseason just once in the next three years. They'll surely miss the postseason once again at 5-7.

The Kyle Allen era started with a bang this season, as the team won his first four starts. The Panthers are 1-5 since then, however.

Nonetheless, with head coach Ron Rivera already fired, it appears the Panthers will choose a clean slate this offseason and move on from their longtime franchise quarterback.