When he's healthy, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one of the most unique and talented quarterbacks in the league. However, his declining play and troubling medical history could shorten his prime and make it much easier for Marty Hurney to cut bait with the 2011 No. 1 overall pick if they wanted to hit the reset button.
While he has $44.3 Million left on his contract, the Panthers could cut or trade Cam and only lose $2 million in dead money.
Cam Newton is coming off of a major injury and has just two years and $44.3 million left on his contract. If he isn't right, the Panthers can cut or trade him and eat just $2 million.— Anthony Amico (@amicsta) May 5, 2019
Don't sleep on Will Grier.
If they ever wanted to rip the Band-Aid off, the financials would not be an obstacle.
They might have even found a successor in the form of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who was selected in the third round of the 2019 Draft. A prolific college passer who grew up in the Charlotte area, don't be surprised if Grier gets the reins in the next two years.
Will Grier is heading to the Carolina Panthers with the 100th pick in the NFL Draft! Let’s Go! pic.twitter.com/yYnKKYdn2K— WVU Mountaineers (@WestVirginiaU) April 27, 2019
2019 will be a pivotal year for Cam. If he's healthy, and the Panthers play like they did early in the 2018 season, this could be a playoff team. If he gets hurt again, Grier could get the call and Newton could be playing elsewhere soon.