Before Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton was placed in an injured reserve, he solicited various comments from various experts. The visit to Dr. med. Robert Anderson at Green Bay sealed it – he would postpone the operation and try to rehabilitate and heal within a few weeks.
However, this situation may have changed this week.
Almost certainly, Newton is currently considering surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his foot. The procedure, which would take place in the next one to two weeks, has a recovery time of eight to ten weeks – a maximum of three months.
It is conceivable that Newton's ligaments in his foot are healthy and repaired until March. when his future is decided. The original plan was to wait and rehabilitate, hoping that he could return in a few weeks. When he was set to IR, which he understood, the focus shifted to the future.
This season he helped starter Kyle Allen, which became clear in the comments of the two players in the social media. Theoretically, it could come out of the IR if the Panthers make the playoffs, but that's a long shot. Most likely he is ready for 2019.
But in the spring his future will come to light.
Newton wants to continue despite the various injuries that have severely restricted him in the last two seasons, a source said. Although the team does not publicly or privately talk about what will happen next with Newton, it is highly unlikely that he will be with the Panthers in 2020.
Newton will make $ 18.6 million in 2020 and a $ 2 million option bonus fairly tradable, similar to last year's Joe Flacco. That seems to be the most likely option.
Allen, who emerged surprisingly as a starter, also has a fascinating contract situation. In his second year, Allen has only one season behind him because he spent most of last season in training. That is, he was excluded from his rookie contract.
For this reason, it is a rare starting QB that can be extended at any time. In fact, they could extend Allen in this offseason, if Carolina wishes – one year earlier than any other player coming out in 2018.
If he does not renew, he's an incredible bargain for the Panthers. With annual revenues of $ 495,000, he will be an exclusive, unlawful agent in 2020 and 2021, which will be curtailed in 2022.
Only then would he be free. The Panthers can change that by imprisoning him first. In any case many choices are waiting for Carolina in this off-season.
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