Cam Newton to meet with Carolina Panthers about possible return, sources say

Stephen A. Smith suggested that Cam Newton would return to the Panthers, which would be a win-win situation for both sides. (1:25).
CHARLOTTE (N.C.) -- Sources confirmed that Quarterback Cam Newton will meet the Carolina Panthers Thursday to discuss a possible return to the Super Bowl-winning team.

After Newton had suffered for many years from foot and shoulder injuries, the Panthers selected Newton as the first overall pick in 2011. At that point, they began a new regimen with Matt Rhule as their coach.

The Charlotte Observer first reported Newton's meeting at Panthers.

After signing with New England, the 2015 NFL MVP started 15 games last season for the Patriots before being released in training camps after Mac Jones was chosen to be the starter.

Newton missed three practices prior to the season due to a COVID-19 protocol "misunderstanding". Bill Belichick stated that Newton's vaccination status did not factor into his decision to be released.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel last month by Newton, 32, Newton stated that he has been vaccinated. He wants to keep playing.

Newton stated in the video, "Hell yeah. I still want to play soccer." "I still feel the urge to perform and do something I have done since I was seven years old."

Newton played last for Carolina in the second match of the 2019 season, before being injured in the third preseason game.

Newton rushed for 4,806 yards with 58 touchdowns and passed for 29,041 yards in nine seasons. During his MVP season, he threw 35 touchdowns and ran 10 more.

After Sam Darnold, the Panthers' starter, suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday that could keep him out of action for four to six weeks.

Rhule stated that the team was open to considering all options but would not go into detail about Newton's "hypotheticals" when asked.

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Arizona was the site of Newton's 2011 first NFL touchdown. In a 28-21 defeat, he threw for 427 yards and two touchdowns.