Newton: I Will "Absolutely" Play For Carolina In 2020

There is speculation that the Panthers will move on from Cam Newton, but the 30-year-old quarterback believes he'll be in Carolina next season

Tiki and Tierney
February 03, 2020 - 6:30 pm

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Cam Newton. He hasn’t won a playoff game since his 2015 MVP season, and the Panthers have missed the playoffs in three of the last four years. Newton played in just two games in 2019, combining for zero touchdowns and three turnovers, before missing the rest of the year with a foot injury.

There is speculation that the Panthers could move on from Newton, who turns 31 in May and has one year left on his contract, but Newton insists he will play for Carolina in 2020.

“Absolutely, absolutely,” Newton said on Tiki & Tierney. “It’s devastating to not have the coach who drafted you, but at the same time, you got to turn the page. I had an unbelievable conversation with Marty Hurney, David Tepper, as well as Coach [Matt] Rhule, and I left that meeting inspired. I told them, ‘You won’t find another person in that locker room with more to prove – not only to you, but I got to prove to myself.’”

Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. A three-time Pro Bowler, he has seen the NFL change a great deal over the last decade.

“I see a lot of young guns out here now,” Newton said. “I look at Patrick Mahomes, even [Jimmy] Garoppolo for that matter. If you look at the state of where the quarterback position is, I was a minority coming into the league, and now I’m part of the majority of guys that are able to run and do athletic things and attack the defense in many ways – and one is just sitting back there and throwing the football.”