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Cam Newton expected to have surgery, could be traded in offseason

Cam Newton is considering a surgery option to repair ligaments in his foot, and the Panthers are considering a future without him. We break down the latest news and implications.

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers looks on from the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is on injured reserve and after initially not planning on undergoing surgery, reports now have him considering a procedure to fix the ligaments in his foot. Newton would need eight to ten weeks following the surgery to rehab, which would take him into the offseason and have him healthy in time for offseason activities.

Newton is in the midst of his second injury-riddled season, and there’s a chance it could be his last season with Carolina. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is hearing it is “highly unlikely” he will remain with the Panthers in 2020. Newton is due $18.6 million and a $2 million option bonus. Considering the rising cost of quarterbacks, $20.6 million in pay is relatively reasonable for a starting quarterback. And considering the ceiling of Cam Newton, it’s a downright bargain.

Rapoport made the comparison to Joe Flacco as a potential trade this coming offseason. The big difference is that Flacco is entirely cooked, and has since been benched for Brandon Allen. Newton’s health is a concern, but if healthy, he is light years ahead of Joe Flacco.

One big question is how Kyle Allen finishes out the rest of the season. He’s had some strong moments, but he has also struggled with fumbles. If he stumbles over the final two months of the season, how much does that change the math with what they do with Newton?