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Panthers, Cam Newton agree on QB seeking a trade

The Panthers and Cam Newton could be on track for a separation this offseason. We break down the latest news as the sides agree on Newton seeking a trading partner.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton appears to be done with the Carolina Panthers, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the two parties have agreed to explore the trade market. Newton only played in two games last season before sitting for the remainder of year because of a foot fracture. Now he’ll join the high profile list of quarterbacks up for grabs this offseason.

Newton was linked to the Chicago Bears toward the end of last season, and Chicago is still looking to shore up its quarterback room by weighing all its options. The Bears have reportedly shown interest in Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, and Teddy Bridgewater this week. But maybe Newton’s availability will affect who they go after.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that Carolina has strong interest in acquiring Bridgewater — who is seeking a starting job after two years of backing up Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints — shortly after the news broke that Newton could be traded. But the Panthers also have the seventh pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which they could use to select their franchise quarterback of the future. There could be a lot more player movement on they way soon.