The Carolina Panthers are in an interesting situation as they are still looking for a new head coach and just might be parting ways with their long-time quarterback Cam Newton as he could traded or cut due to his health concerns.
But if it was up to the players, Newton would be with the Panthers next season and beyond. If he isn’t there, they just might be out the door as well.
“Cam will be back,” soon-to-be free agent DE Gerald McCoy said via the Charlotte Observer. “Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to be here or not, but that would be the dumbest thing they ever did — let Cam walk. There’s not a lot of Cam Newtons walking around.”
“Kyle (Allen) did very well and he did as good as we could have asked. But Cam Newton is an MVP,” McCoy said. “And when Cam was healthy last year, this team was 6-2. … Cam gets healthy, great core, bring in a great coach, I’m sure this team is going to be back.
“The core is set. Trai (Turner), Christian (McCaffrey), Brian Burns, (Kawann Short) will be back, (Dontari) Poe is still here, Luke (Kuechly) and Shaq (Thompson), you got your receivers, if 1 (Cam) is healthy, you got a great core. Just build around that, this team is going to be just fine.”
That’s when Tre Boston basically stated that free agents and upcoming free agents might be making their way off the squad if the franchise chooses to move on from Cam Newton.
“(Moving on from Newton) probably affects free agents and this locker room,” soon-to-be free agent safety Tre Boston said. “This is a league driven by elite quarterbacks … that’s what it’s ran by. (Patrick) Mahomes, Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Jimmy (Garoppolo), if you don’t have a QB 1, who’s able to play great like that?”
Seven of 11 Panthers defensive starters will become free agents this offseason.
Newton will be 31 years old when the 2020 regular season begins, but if they choose to keep him, there will be a multitude of changes that include a new head coach, staff and a new assistant general manager.
The players are already showing their support for Cam, and fans did so also when they bought billboards in Charlotte that say “Keep Cam in Carolina” to show their desire for him to be starting for the Panthers next year.