The Facts: The Panthers are expected to proceed with Newton as their starting quarterback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday Carolina intends to retain their longtime signal-caller, per a source informed of the situation.
Diehards Line: As Rapoport notes, while Newton is making progress in his recovery from a foot injury, it will be several months before the QB will be game ready, which complicates a potential trade for Newton. Meanwhile, new HC Matt Rhule and his staff are impressed with how Newton has treated his rehab process and the QB's drive to return to top form, Rapoport added. Newton appeared in two games last season after injuring his foot during the preseason. After months of delay, he went under the knife in December. ... As NFL.com's Andie Hagemann suggested, a lot can change in the coming months with free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft looming, but Newton staying in Carolina makes sense for the Panthers. Having an experienced, healthy starter under center would be an advantage for the new head coach in his transition to the NFL.