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Cam Newton Agrees To One-Year, $10 million Deal With Panthers

Guess who’s back, back again? Cam Newton’s back, tell a friend!

As you might have heard, the former MVP met with the Panthers today to talk about a return to Charlotte to fill the QB position, and the two sides agreed to terms to bring Newton back to Charlotte, pending a physical. The one-year deal is worth up to $10 million for the rest of year, including $4.5 million fully guaranteed and a $1.5 million roster bonus, per Ian Rapoport.

The 32-year-old Newton adds experience to the position, and offers possibilities on offense which can only help. And seeing as how he’s vaccinated, he’s able to hit the practice field immediately.

With starter Sam Darnold out four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, the Panthers’ only other quarterbacks on the active roster were P.J. Walker and recently acquired Matt Barkley.

But it’s not just Newton’s 139 NFL starts that make him valuable, it’s the possibilities to help a defense that is near the top of the league, for a team that still has legitimate playoff hopes.

In Newton’s nine seasons with the Panthers, he threw for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns, and ran for 58 touchdowns. He’s the team’s all-time leader in all three categories, and he’s also third on the team’s all-time rushing list with 4,806 yards, trailing only Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.

Newton won the NFL offensive rookie of the year award in 2011, and league MVP honors in 2015, when he led the team to a 15-1 record and a berth in the Super Bowl.

He’s also the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 70, 12 of which came last year in 15 starts with the Patriots.

Three Games on the Panthers 2021 Schedule You Don’t Want to Miss

Matt Rhule and the Panthers had plenty of ups and downs in 2020, and by the time it was all said and done, the team was 5-11 as they looked to take steps forward last season.

They made moves via the draft and free agency to improve the team this offseason, and you can bet they feel like trading for Sam Darnold was a move that will only help this team.

Look for the Cats to be overall better, and for the team to challenge the best in the NFC.

While there’s a number of great matchups on the Panthers slate, including divisional games vs the Falcons, Bucs and Saints, the team also has a number of great games, home and away to look forward to.

Here are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

10/3 at Dallas – Dallas is ready to get back on track with QB Dak Prescott being close to 100 percent according to reports. Can the Panthers hold him in check, as not many teams were able to do that last season until Prescott broke his ankle. This could be a shootout, and it could be a fun one with Darnold and Prescott trading passes all day.

11/7 vs New England – In the past this was a huge game, but with Tom Brady wearing a Bucs uniform and another Super Bowl ring, the Pats are just not the same team and they don’t have the firepower that they have in the past. They missed the postseason in 2020, and the Cats are hoping to add another ‘L’ to their column when they go at it in early November at home. Cam Newton is slated right now to be the Pats starting QB, and he knows the Panthers very well as he was let go by them and went to the Pats last season.

12/26 vs Tampa Bay – Tom Brady made the Bucs a totally different team in 2020, and the team rallied to wind up playing and winning the Super Bowl, dominating the Kansas City Chiefs in Raymond James Stadium. Now the two teams play the day after Christmas, and we will see if the Panthers have the weapons to stick with Brady and company to get a huge post holiday win.

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The Carolina Panthers 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

The first season for Matt Rhule wasn’t a thing of beauty, but at the same time the Panthers were competitive, and they did what they could to hang with each and every team in the NFL in 2020.

The club is hoping to have a much better 2021, as the club will take on the Jets, Saints, Cowboys and Patriots.

Wednesday the NFL released the slate for 2021 came out, you can You can check out the full Panthers schedule below:

Carolina Panthers 2021 Schedule

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Jets 1 p.m. ET CBS
2 Sept. 19 vs. Saints 1 p.m. ET Fox
3 Sept. 23 at Texans 8:20 p.m. NFL Network
4 Oct. 3 at Cowboys 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 10 vs. Eagles 1 p.m. Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Vikings 1 p.m. Fox
7 Oct. 24 at Giants 1 p.m. Fox
8 Oct. 31 at Falcons 1 p.m. Fox
9 Nov. 7 vs. Patriots 1 p.m. CBS
10 Nov. 14 at Cardinals 4:05 p.m. Fox
11 Nov. 21 vs. WFT 1 p.m. Fox
12 Nov. 28 at Miami 1 p.m. Fox
13 Dec. 5 Bye Fox
14 Dec. 12 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. Fox
15 Dec. 18/19 at Bills TBD TBD
16 Dec. 26 vs. Bucs 1 p.m. Fox
17 Jan. 2 at Saints 1 p.m. Fox
18 Jan. 9 at Bucs 1 p.m. Fox

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Here’s hoping that the Panthers go all the way this season!

Panthers Trade with the Jets for Starting QB Sam Darnold

The Panthers have been searching for a quarterback since the start of free agency in the NFL, and Monday it looks as if they landed that player.

Jets former first-round pick Sam Darnold is now a Panther, as on Monday the Cats traded a sixth-rounder this year, a second-rounder in 2022, and another fourth-round selection in next year’s draft for the QB, who in three seasons as the Jets starter went just 13-25.

Trading for Darnold means that the one-year era of Teddy Bridgewater is basically over for Carolina, as it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Panthers look to deal him to recoup some of the picks they lost on Monday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Panthers and Jets were talking “for weeks” and the offer eventually “creeped up and up.”

Now the question is, do the Panthers go out and get more weapons for the offense, or as stated above does the team sit back and try and trade Bridgewater to get some draft picks?

No matter, for the moment the team appears to have their signal caller for the 2021 season and potentially beyond.

Darnold was the 3rd overall pick by the Jets in 2018, coming to the franchise and right away being given the starting job.

Panthers Reportedly Ready to Do Whatever It Takes to Trade for Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Can one player turn a franchise around?

It’s almost sounding like the Panthers are willing to find out, as reports are out that the Cats are doing just about whatever it takes in order to make a deal with the Houston Texans to get their hands on 25-year-old franchise QB Deshaun Watson.

After seeing the demise of Cam Newton and last season Teddy Bridgewater struggle, the Panthers want to upgrade the position and have someone under center they can count on for years to come.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline spoke about how the Cats are clearly a team in the mix for Watson, and how they are going to push the issue to get Watson.

“This is a person in the know, and they told me that the Panthers will do anything they can to acquire Watson, and they will pay any price to acquire Deshaun Watson,” Pauline said.

“Their new GM Scott Fitterer, who came from the Seattle Seahawks, is on board with trading for Watson. More than anything else, and most importantly is, I was told the owner wants to make it happen.”

Imagine the marketing chances the team will have, as well as how quickly the team on offense will upgrade to another level with Watson playing at quarterback and being happy.

So what all is it going to take to get Watson to the Panthers? No doubt it’ll start with the 8th overall pick, but there’s likely going to be a lot more involved.

At the end of the day, it could be worth it – and it could put the Panthers right back on the map as a contender in the NFC.

Report Says Panthers Could Make a Huge Push to Try and Get QB Deshaun Watson

Could the Panthers be a real darkhorse for the services of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason?

Everyone knows that the 25-year-old is not happy in Houston and wants out, and there’s a growing list of teams that seem to want to be in the mix to acquire his services.

The Denver Broncos, Washington Football Team, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears are just four teams that could wind up getting into a bidding war for Watson.

Houston wants a king’s ransom for Watson as one would expect, and ESPN reporter David Newton said Monday that fans might be shocked at what the Panthers would be willing to offer as he was asked about a “bold offseason prediction” around the Cats.

“The Panthers will do whatever it takes to get Deshaun Watson, and that includes giving up three first-round draft picks and (running back) Christian McCaffrey,” Newton said.

“Owner David Tepper wants to win a Super Bowl. He’s made that clear. He understands it takes a marquee quarterback to do that.

“If you look at recent history, outside of (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, the quickest way to do that is to trade for a marquee quarterback and not draft one in the first round. Just ask Tampa Bay.”

It remains to be seen if indeed the Panthers will be a team with enough assets to make a deal for Watson, or if another team is going to trump them for the quarterback.

Panthers Offered Bridgewater and 8th Pick in Draft to Lions for QB Stafford

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports today that the Panthers had an offer on the table for Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford which included the 8th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft along with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

It’s no secret that the Panthers have been on the lookout to upgrade the QB spot after Bridgewater went 4-11 as the Panthers starter in 15 games in 2020, throwing for 3733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

For now Bridgewater remains the current starter for the Cats, and Saturday evening at the NFL Honors one Panther who spoke highly of the QB was running back Christian McCaffrey.

“When we signed Teddy this offseason, I knew we were getting a great player. I didn’t know we were getting such a great teammate,” McCaffrey said.

“He had a long road to get here, but Teddy always finds his blessings. And that positive spirit is contagious.”

The package that ended up landing Stafford from Detroit out to Los Angeles included a third-round pick this year, two future first-round picks and quarterback Jared Goff.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffery Misses Practice with Quad Injury

Just two days ago running back Christian McCaffery said that he “felt great.”

Now it looks as if the 24-year-old Panthers franchise back may not even make an appearance in Sunday’s affair against the Denver Broncos.

McCaffery didn’t take part in the open portion of practice on Thursday according to’s Bill Voth, as he’s still suffering from a quad and shoulder injury.

The running back started the week ready to go against his dads former team in Denver, and now unless he can make a recovery from the quad injury he likely will again be on the sideline.

McCaffery has played in just three games this season, and the team is 0-3 with him on the field, 4-5 without him.

With four games left in the season, it would not be a surprise to see the team simply decide it’s smart to shut down the back for the rest of the season.

We shall see if they go that route.

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