With teams being unable to get a good handle on Newton's health due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it's almost impossible for the Panthers to trade him. As a result, Carolina is expected to release Newton on Tuesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Selected with the 15th choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins is the only one of the three quarterbacks still with the Redskins.
Our gut feeling though is that Newton will sign with the Patriots. The move saves the Panthers $19.1 million in cap room and adds another $2 million to the dead-money total. The Bears subsequently traded for Nick Foles instead, and the Chargers appear focused on the draft. Throw in the fact that the Panthers told the world they were moving on before any kind of deal had been consummated, and you knew what was coming. This will end a nine-year run for Newton in Charlotte.More news: Verizon gives all mobile customers 15GB of extra data during coronavirus pandemic
Earlier this offseason, the Panthers made a commitment to stick with Newton in the upcoming season. Newton made an immediate impact on the Panthers and the National Football League after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick out of Auburn in 2011, leading a new wave of mobile, athletic quarterbacks.
The Panthers won the first five games that Allen started. Teams are not permitted to host free agents on visits, and while third-party doctors can still examine players, any franchise signing off on a Newton contract would probably want to put its medical staff to work on the injury-prone passer. The Panthers have yet to formally announce Bridgewater, but we'll get to "why" in a minute. But with a lack of teams looking for a starter, coupled with Newton still recovering from his foot injury, the market for the former MVP is pretty barren.More news: Nurses at Hackley Hospital told not to wear their own protective masks
And so Newton - a former Heisman victor, No. 1 overall draft pick and league MVP - will become a free agent. Rhule's team will certainly look different when the Panthers are permitted to reconvene under their new coach.More news: Hantavirus: Man dies in China after testing positive to another virus