|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 9|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 244 lb.|
|Born:||May 11, 1989|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 1 (1)|
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.
Analysis: 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 pretty 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.
Analysis: 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 former Panther 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 does have 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.
Analysis: Newton, who turned 31 last month, finally finds a home after having been 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 that the contract includes a low guaranteed amount. In any case, Newton will enter a fantastic situation to maximize his talents in New England, and his combination of track record and experience should make him the clear favorite to enter the season as the starter -- though sophomore signal-caller Jarrett Stidham could still get chances to compete, given the praise 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, NFL.com's Nick Shook reports.
Analysis: 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 a while 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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 head 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 spring program as Newton's health is evaluated.
The Panthers want to see Newton (foot) work out on a field in March before they decide what to do with him, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler reports.
Analysis: 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 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.
New coach Matt Rhule wouldn't comment on Newton's (foot) status moving forward at his introductory news conference Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Rhule mentioned he had a conversation with Newton on Tuesday, saying the QB "didn't want to talk about the past. He wanted to talk about the future." Additionally, Rhule will defer to GM 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.
Analysis: 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, which is in the middle of his potential recovery timelines (as little as 8-to-10 weeks and as many as 6-to-9 months). 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 Newton will undergo surgery next week to address the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: 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 could be as few as 8-to-10 weeks and potentially 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 on the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports.
Analysis: 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 is the final season of a five-year extension. 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.
Newton (foot) is expected to resume practicing after the Panthers' Week 7 bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Although Newton is reaching the final stages in his recovery from a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, there seems to be a question of whether he'll retain his job as the starting quarterback once healthy. In Newton's place, Kyle Allen has won four consecutive starts while completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 901 yards and seven touchdowns versus no interceptions. Firmly in the NFC playoff picture for the time being, the Panthers may ride the hot hand (Allen) as long as it takes for Newton to get back to 100 percent.
Newton (foot) may not be ready to practice at any point during the Panthers' upcoming bye week and the team isn't certain if he'll be in line to resume starting duties Oct. 27 versus the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Though Newton will be inactive for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers in London, the signal-caller seemed to take a step forward in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury a few days ago, when he was able to shed the walking boot on his foot. While ditching the boot amounted to a positive sign, the Panthers apparently fully committed to not bringing Newton back until he's 100 percent healthy, according to Rapoport. Furthermore, a team source told Rapoport that if the team continues its winning ways under replacement quarterback Kyle Allen, Newton's won't be guaranteed to take his job back once he gains full medical clearance. The hazy timeline for Newton's return in addition to his shakier job security makes him an increasingly difficult hold in fantasy leagues, particularly in formats that start only one quarterback each week.
Coach Ron Rivera said that Newton (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in London, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. "Medically it doesn't make sense to put him on a plane for eight hours just to stand around," Rivera said of the quarterback.
Analysis: Newton shed the walking boot on his left foot and was seen working out on the side during the Panthers' practice Tuesday, seemingly leaving the door open a crack for a potential return from a three-game absence this weekend. Rivera quickly dismissed any chance of Newton making a comeback in London, however, paving the way for Kyle Allen to make another start under center. Assuming Newton continues to progress steadily from the mild Lisfranc sprain and gradually increases his activity over the next several practices, he'll have a decent chance at playing Oct. 27 in San Francisco for what will be the Panthers' first game after their Week 7 bye.
Newton was spotted without a walking boot on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to work out on the side during the Panthers' practice, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Panthers won't release their first practice report of Week 6 until Wednesday, so the extent of Newton's activity may not fully be known until then. In any case, the fact that Newton has ditched his boot amounts to a meaningful step forward in the recovery process and keeps hope alive for a potential return Sunday against the Buccaneers in London. Given that Carolina will have a bye following the game against Tampa Bay, however, it's quite likely that Newton misses another contest before preparing for a return to action for the Panthers' Week 8 matchup with the 49ers on Oct. 27.
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that Newton (foot) remains without a timeline for a return and will sit out the Week 5 matchup with the Jaguars, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The news doesn't come as a surprise after Newton posted a video Friday indicating that he suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in his left foot during the third week of the preseason and then aggravated the injury in a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. Like Rivera, Newton was unwilling to offer up a specific timeline for a return, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that the quarterback has an "outside shot" at being ready to go for the Panthers' Week 6 rematch with the Buccaneers in London. Kyle Allen, who has guided the Panthers to two straight wins in Newton's absence, is thus on track for at least one more start next weekend while the franchise signal-caller continues to recover from the injury.
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