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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 28: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers plan on ‘moving forward’ with Cam Newton as the starting quarterback according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

As recently as January 15, Rapoport has reported that the Panthers would look to trade Cam Newton. Rapoport reported in November that it was “highly unlikely” Newton would be in Carolina for the 2020 season. In his recent update, Rapaport noted that a lot can still happen, but the expectation is that Newton will be under center in the black and blue for another year. Newton’s status change is in part due to the uncertainty of the timeline for his recovery from foot surgery late last year. The unknown recovery time could be hurting Newton’s trade value.

During Super Bowl weekend in Miami Newton expressed his thoughts on the situation. QB1 stated that all he wants is to play in Carolina for the team that drafted him. Rapoport included in his report that new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule is “encouraged” by Cam’s desire to return to MVP form and how he’s handled his rehab.

Cam Newton is 30-years-old with a lengthy history regarding his health. Newton missed the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and he missed all but two games last season with a foot injury that also resulted in surgery.

Although Newton played with an injured shoulder for his final five games of the season, the one-time MVP and three-time Pro Bowler completed a career-best 67.9 percent of his passes in 14 games in 2018. He also threw for 24 touchdowns in 2018 which is tied for the second-best mark of his career.

Ian Rapaport concluded saying it will be “several months” until his foot his game-ready so I’m sure more updates on Cam Newton are on the horizon. Cam Newton when healthy can play at a dangerous level. With a new head coach and offensive coordinator in Joe Brady, I would love to see what Cam can do in the final year of his contract. Nothing is making me more excited than an NFL season that has a backfield with Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey in it.

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