Coach Bill Belichick reiterated Friday that Newton will need to compete for the starting job, ESPN.com's Tim Keown reports.
Recently retired line coach Dante Scarnecchia believes Newton has a "huge edge," though Scarnecchia also said Jarrett Stidham is a "pretty good player" who makes a strong impression with his work ethic and intelligence. Newton combines those same qualities with superior physical skills, but he's struggled with injuries ever since his 2015 MVP campaign and now faces the challenge of learning a complicated playbook without the benefit of an offseason program or preseason games. Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick, had all of last season to learn Josh McDaniels' offensive system while sitting on the bench behind Tom Brady. Newton remains the favorite for the Week 1 job, but it shouldn't be treated as a sure thing.
Newton's one-year contract with the Patriots includes only $550,000 guaranteed, with a $1.05 million base salary, $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $5.75 million in incentives, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The base value is essentially No. 3 QB money, while the max value is in high-end backup range. These contract details support recent reports suggesting Newton will need to earn the starting job, though he should have good odds in a competition with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and 34-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer. Newton was medically cleared in late March after struggling with foot and shoulder injuries the past few seasons.
The Patriots haven't promised Newton a starting job, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Newton may not have gotten any guarantees, but he'll be the favorite to emerge from a competition with 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and 34-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer. The 2015 NFL MVP signed a one-year contact worth up to $7.5 million, hoping to repair his value after shoulder and foot injuries contributed to 16 missed games and uneven performance the past two seasons. Newton probably won't have great pass-catching weapons in New England, but he has a couple reliable possession targets in James White and Julian Edelman, not to mention a top-tier coaching staff headed by Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Patriots presumably will add some concepts to their playbook to take advantage of Newton's mobility, but it's not clear if the new stuff will form the foundation of the team's running game or be more of an occasional diversion.
Newton has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Newton, who turned 31 last month, finally finds a home after he was released by the Panthers in March. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that his incentive-laden one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million, and it seems likely the contract includes a small guaranteed amount. In any case, Newton will enter a nice situation to maximize his talents in New England, and his combination of talent and experience should make him the favorite to enter the season as the starter. However, sophomore signal-caller Jarrett Stidham could still get a chance to compete, given the confidence coach Bill Belichick has expressed in him throughout the offseason.
Newton doesn't have a clear opportunity to sign with an NFL team as a starting quarterback, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.
The Panthers did Newton no favors in waiting until late March to release him. Tampa Bay and Indianapolis had already signed new starting QBs at that point, while other teams had used most of their cap space on free agents at different positions. The Chargers might have been Newton's best hope, but they've been saying good things about Tyrod Taylor and now have No. 6 overall draft pick Justin Herbert coming in. The Patriots and Jaguars also have been mentioned as possible fits, though they seemingly plan to evaluate Jarrett Stidham and Gardner Minshew, respectively. It may be awhile before Newton signs with a team, and he can't necessarily count on injuries opening up a starting job, as there's no indication of practices starting soon.
The Panthers cut Newton on Tuesday.
Unable to find a trade partner, the Panthers nonetheless will move forward with Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier and P.J. Walker at quarterback. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Newton passed a physical examination Monday in Atlanta, with both his left foot and right shoulder checking out fine. Still, NFL suitors may want their own doctors to examine Newton, so it won't come as any surprise if he remains unsigned for a while. The shoulder has been a problem on and off for the past few years, while his foot required Lisfranc surgery in early December.
Newton (foot/shoulder) underwent a physical in Atlanta on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Per the report, Newton passed the physical -- which was coordinated by the Panthers and his agency team -- with his both his foot and shoulder "checking out well." This news follows reports that Carolina is expected to release the QB. Once that happens, Newton's passed physical should help him find a new team quicker than if there were looming questions regarding the soundness of his foot and/or shoulder.
The Panthers are expected to release Newton (foot) on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Recent reports suggested Newton would work with the Panthers to find a trade partner, but it seems they haven't had any luck in that regard. The veteran QB will soon hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers have given Newton (foot) permission to seek a trade.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that team and player are working together to find a trade, and Dianna Russini of ESPN adds that the Panthers have shown interest in signing Teddy Bridgewater. There have been signs pointing toward a rebuilding project under a new coaching staff in Carolina, but there was also some thought that the team might take one last chance at competing for a playoff spot with an offense led by Newton, Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. It now seems clear the Panthers have chosen the rebuilding path, which could lead to multiple trades in the weeks to come. Newton has been rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery with the hope of passing a physical and returning to football activity at some point this spring.
The Panthers are expected to move forward with Newton (foot) as their starting quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
There's some serious hedging language in the report, with Rapoport noting that "a lot can happen in the coming months," and also mentioning that Newton's foot is "several months" away from being game-ready. The Panthers expect their veteran QB to pass a physical in March, likely allowing for some degree of participation in the offseason program under new head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Newton will turn 31 in May as he enters the final season of a five-year, $103.8 million contract, hoping to rebound from the foot surgery he had in early-to-mid December. His presence on the roster won't necessarily prevent the Panthers from drafting or signing a young quarterback.
The Panthers expect Newton (foot) to pass a physical and be ready to return to football activity in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
The team also expressed that Newton will be eased back into action if he is indeed cleared after undergoing surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. Of course, there's no guarantee Newton will still be with the Panthers next month, as new coach Matt Ruhle and offensive coordinator Joe Brady may opt to cut or trade the 30-year-old quarterback -- they would save $19 million against the salary cap in 2020 -- and build around a younger signal-caller. This process could stretch into the offseason program as Newton's health is evaluated.
The Panthers want to see Newton (foot) work out on the field in March before they decide his future with the organization, Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
As a nine-year veteran with three Pro Bowl appearances and an MVP award, Newton would have every right to be annoyed about the team evaluating him on the basis of a workout that takes place four months after he underwent Lisfranc surgery. His rehab progress is only one part of the equation, as there's some thought new head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady would prefer to rebuild around a young quarterback even if Newton is deemed healthy. The decision also involves team owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney, both of whom will need to consider the $19.1 million in cap savings that can be created by trading or cutting Newton, who is entering the final season of a five-year, $103.8 million extension. The situation isn't likely to be resolved any sooner than March or April, and it could drag on even longer if Newton's rehab process is delayed. Early reports suggested he might be able to pass a physical as soon as March, but that's far from a sure thing.
Newly hired coach Matt Rhule wouldn't comment on Newton's (foot) status with the Panthers moving forward at his introductory news conference Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Rhule mentioned he had a conversation with Newton on Tuesday, saying the quarterback "didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future." Additionally, Rhule will defer to general manager Marty Hurney and owner David Tepper before making a final call on Newton, who has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons. At the moment, Newton is in recovery mode from a procedure to tighten the Lisfranc in his left foot. Of utmost importance, though, is the situation with his contract. The Panthers can save $19.1 million in salary cap space if they opt to trade or release Newton, so his status will be something to watch in the coming weeks and months.
Newton underwent surgery on the Lisfranc injury in his left foot Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
As Jourdan Rodrigue reported last week, the procedure was expected to be a "tightening of the Lisfranc area." With the surgery behind him, there's hope Newton will complete his rehab by the spring, per Person. His health aside, Newton's future with the Panthers is in question, as the team can save $19.1 million in salary cap space if it trades or releases the veteran signal-caller.
Interim coach Perry Fewell confirmed Wednesday that Newton will undergo surgery next week to address the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
A procedure has been hinted at since early November, so it seemed to be a matter of time before Newton went under the knife. According to Rodrigue, the surgery is "relatively simple," namely a "tightening of the Lisfranc area." Newton's recovery timeline is to be determined, but it could be as few as 8-to-10 weeks and as long as 6-to-9 months. Depending on how the rehab process treats Newton, he may be able to pass a physical when the new league year kicks off in early March. Notably, the Panthers can save $19.1 million in salary cap if they opt to trade or release Newton, who has one year remaining on his current contract.
Newton plans to have surgery to address the Lisfranc injury to his left foot, Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network reports.
Newton hasn't played since Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 5. He should have time to recover from surgery before training camp next year, but his future with the Panthers remains uncertain, as 2020 marks the final season of his current contract. Newton will turn 31 in May, and the team can save $19.1 million in cap space if he's traded or released during the offseason, per OverTheCap.com. Of course, the Panthers might also have interest in a contract extension, especially if the early stages of Newton's rehab process go well.
The Panthers are now considering surgery to address the Lisfranc injury in Newton's left foot, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Newton previously was expected to focus on rehab instead of undergoing a procedure, but it appears the Panthers are considering a different plan of attack. Such a decision will be made in the next two weeks, at which point he'd embark on a recovery of 8-to-10 weeks on the short end, and three months at the most. If surgery is ordered up, Newton should be healthy by the time the new league year starts in early March. He has one year remaining on his contract for $18.6 million -- i.e. an eminently tradable number -- so his fate could be contingent on how Kyle Allen fares the rest of the season.
The Panthers placed Newton (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Coach Ron Rivera was previously unwilling to rule out an IR stint for Newton when asked about the matter, so the transaction doesn't come as a major surprise. Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the move to IR officially rules out Newton returning in the regular season, though the quarterback could be reinstated to the 53-man roster should the Panthers make the playoffs and have one of their two "designated-to-return" spots still open. Kyle Allen will continue to serve as the team's starting quarterback, with Will Grier slotting in as the backup.
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that Newton (foot) wouldn't be available for the Panthers' Week 10 game against the Packers, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Though reports surfaced over the weekend suggesting Newton might be a candidate for injured reserve due to the slow progress in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury, Rivera was unwilling to comment on the quarterback's status beyond Week 10. Kyle Allen will pick up an eighth consecutive start in Newton's stead Sunday in Green Bay.
Coach Ron Rivera said, "We'll see," when asked whether Newton (foot) will be placed on injured reserve, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Newton has missed six consecutive games due to a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. After a recent visit with Dr. Robert Anderson, Newton doesn't have surgery in his imminent future, per David Newton of ESPN.com. Instead, Newton is "expected to need several weeks' more rest," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rivera's comments after Sunday's win against the Titans indicate the Panthers haven't ruled out an IR stint for Newton, which effectively would end his season. For the foreseeable future, though, Kyle Allen will continue to direct the offense in Newton's stead.
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