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Panthers allow Cam Newton to seek trade; could Patriots be interested?

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Another big-name quarterback might be on the move.

The Carolina Panthers have granted Cam Newton permission to seek a trade, general manager Marty Hurney confirmed Tuesday.

"We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts," Hurney said in a statement.

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Newton is entering the final year of his five-year, $103.8 million contract with the Panthers-- he carries a $21.1 million cap hit for 2020 -- and long had been rumored as a potential trade chip this offseason.

But the timing of Carolina's announcement is notable, considering Tom Brady announced hours earlier he's leaving the New England Patriots in free agency.

So, will the Patriots pursue a trade for Newton as Brady's successor? There have been no reports linking Newton and New England, but head coach Bill Belichick likely will exhaust all resources as he decides whether to move forward with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham or add a more experienced arm via trade or free agency.

In any case, there should be healthy market for Newton; ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday the Los Angeles Chargers (who also are in the mix for Brady) may target the 30-year-old QB.

Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler and 2015 NFL MVP who owns a laundry list of Panthers franchise records. Health is an issue as Newton enters his 10th NFL season, however: He played just two games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending left foot injury that required offseason surgery.

 

UPDATE (11:45 a.m. ET): Newton doesn't appear to be pleased with the Panthers' announcement, as the QB claimed the Panthers "forced" him into seeking a trade in an Instagram comment.

Either way, it sounds like Newton isn't long for Carolina.

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