Carolina Panthers’ crowded quarterback room is suddenly not so crowded. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Panthers intend to release veteran Cam Newton, while trading third-year signal-caller Kyle Allen to Washington Redskins.
Panthers’ have allowed Newton to seek a trade last week, but no NFL team was willing to give anything substantial for the 2015’s NFL MVP. Moving Allen proved to be a lot easier, as they received a fifth-round pick from the Redskins for the 24-year-old.
By moving Newton and Allen, the Panthers are now left with a clear quarterback situation. Teddy Bridgewater, who recently signed as a free agent, will be team’s starter for 2020, while last year’s third-round pick Will Grier will back him up.
Cam Newton should have plenty of suitors now that he’s a free agent, but only if he proves he’s healthy. Newton missed 16 games in the past two seasons, struggling with shoulder and foot injuries. This was one of the reasons why the team was not willing to surrender significant assets to get him.
When healthy, however, Newton is a game-changing quarterback. He is known for his mobility and has even improved as a passer in recent years. If he manages to land in the right kind of situation, with New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers being among options, there is no doubt that the 30-year-old can get his career back on track.
Kyle Allen, on the other hand, will get reunited with former Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera in Washington. Allen is expected to fight for the starting spot with the 2019’s first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.