Look: Panthers Fans Call for Cam Newton's Return to Team with Billboard

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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A group of enterprising Carolina Panthers fans are doing their part to convince the team to retain star quarterback Cam Newton.

According to Fox 46 Charlotte, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to purchase advertising space focused on Newton's return. The organizer received enough money to get two billboards, one reading "#KeepCam1nCarolina2020" and the other featuring the tagline "Cam-Olina."

FOX 46 Charlotte @FOX46News

Cam Newton supporters got up a couple of billboards near Uptown petitioning for his return as @Panthers QB. His contract ends next season. https://t.co/WA2i5LVJnM

Jourdan Rodrigue @JourdanRodrigue

First wrote about this at the beginning, when it was a small group trying to see if people would respond to their idea. It turned into a really positive community project for many Panthers fans. Two “Keep Cam” billboards in uptown Charlotte this morning 👇🏼 https://t.co/cenyOgGoC3

Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell addressed the marketing campaign Monday.

"I'd love for Cam to stay," he told reporters. "I don't know why he'd be leaving."

A foot injury limited Newton to two games this year, and he underwent season-ending foot surgery Dec. 9.

Newton has one year left on his contract, and many have wondered whether the three-time Pro Bowler could have a change of scenery in the months ahead. Carolina would save $19.1 million and incur $2 million in dead money by releasing or trading him before the start of the 2020 campaign.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Panthers are expected to make Newton available in a trade "provided they can get a large deal to make it worth their while."

Based on the support he has in Charlotte, Carolina is likely to receive some blowback from the fanbase should it move on from Newton in the offseason.