Carolina Panthers Make Decision On Possible Cam Newton Return

By Jason Hall

November 11, 2021

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Cam Newton is officially set to return to the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers announced they've agreed to terms with the former MVP and franchise record holder in a news release shared Thursday (November 11).

"He's back," the news release stated. "The Panthers on Thursday agreed to terms with quarterback Cam Newton, bringing the former No. 1 overall pick back to Charlotte, pending a physical. The 32-year-old Newton adds experience to the position, and offers possibilities on offense which can only help."

The Athletic's Joe Person reported the Panthers were meeting with Newton on Thursday (November 11) "with the hopes of signing him," according to a source with knowledge of the situation, prior to the official announcement.

"My sense is this is close to being done. We shall see," Person tweeted.

Newton spent his first nine NFL seasons in Carolina after being selected No. 1 overall by the Panthers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The former Heisman Trophy winner led the Panthers to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, while winning the NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2015.

Newton was also a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2011, 2013 and 2015), the 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-Pro quarterback (2015) during his tenure in Carolina.

The 32-year-old owns several franchise passing records including yards (29,041), touchdowns (182), completions (2,371), attempts (3,980), total game appearances (125) and wins as a starter (68), as well as the franchise rushing touchdown record (58) and ranks third in rushing yards with 4,806, the most among quarterbacks.

In March 2020, the Panthers gave Newton permission to seek a trade, days before releasing him after failing to find a trade partner.

Newton spent the 2020 season with the New England Patriots, going 7-8 as a starter, before being released this past offseason.

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