The Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera are going to have quite the situation to deal with as Kyle Allen continue to do a tremendous job filling in for Cam Newton during Newton’s injury recovery.
Experts and analysts believe the team should stick with Allen even when Newton returns which has raised questions on whether the franchise should go ahead and trade Cam.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is the latest to weight in on the situation.
“I don’t believe they’re looking to trade him now, but it begs the question,” Schefter said. “Would they look to trade him in the offseason? I believe the answer would be, ‘yes.’ That would make sense. It’s plausible to think that if you’re going with Kyle Allen and he continues to play the way that he does, he’s 4-0 so far, strings together wins, takes them to the playoffs, he’s going to be your quarterback. What do you do with Cam? At that point in time, I think you would have to consider looking to deal him.”
Schefter would not rule out a mid-season trade for Newton, but there hasn’t been sufficient buzz about a pending move.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report also reported multiple teams have interest in Cam Newton at the deadline.
“Yes, he’s struggled with injuries the past few seasons, but I can tell you for certain that teams are highly interested in him,” Freeman writes. “Still, the former MVP is revered inside the organization, and his contract isn’t trade-friendly.”
In two weeks as the starter, Cam had 572 passing yards and three turnovers in a pair of losses The Panthers are 4-0 since his departure as they get set to face the undefeated 49ers. If Allen finds a way to take down that team and their stingy defense, you’d have to expect he would be closer to locking up that starting position for good.