If Newton would sign in Miami, it would be as a bridge quarterback/mentor to whomever they select in the NFL Draft. Since the Panthers don't want to have both Newton and Bridgewater on the roster and can recoup $19 million in cap space by releasing Newton, it makes little sense for them to keep Newton on the roster.
On Monday, the Panthers brought quarterback P.J. Walker aboard.
After a remarkable nine-year stint with the Panthers, Newton will have a new place to call home next season.
Are the Jaguars really sold on Gardner Minshew, after they traded Nick Foles to the Bears? The move also comes less than a month after Matt Rhule indicated he wanted to keep Newton for the 2020 season.
The end to Newton's run in Carolina came swiftly. Newton made an immediate impact on the Panthers and the National Football League after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick out of Auburn in 2011, leading a new wave of mobile, athletic quarterbacks. The Panthers officially signed Walker on Tuesday morning.
Because of this odd scenario, the Panthers were able to pry a fifth-rounder from the Redskins for Kyle Allen on Monday and will be forced to release Newton. The Panthers have yet to formally announce Bridgewater, but we'll get to "why" in a minute.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft instantly became the face of the Panthers franchise, leading Carolina to three straight NFC South titles from 2013-2015, a Super Bowl and four total postseason appearances. The former Heisman victor now must continue his rehab on his own and do so in one of the most uncertain times to go about a rehab effort. But with a lack of teams looking for a starter, coupled with Newton still recovering from his foot injury, the market for the former MVP is pretty barren.
Carolina will have parted ways with Newton, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, Trai Turner and Mario Addison this offseason.