The Carolina Panthers signed Cam Newton midway through the 2021 season to a one-year contract.
When they signed him, it was his second chance in Carolina.
However, this second chance didn’t work out so well.
They only signed him because their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, was injured.
He is a free agent again after his contract expires.
Carolina fans believe the best quarterback they can get is Newton.
Others think it’s time for the team to get away from him.
For those folks, here are three reasons why the Panthers shouldn’t re-sign Newton.
3. Newton declined due to injuries he suffered during his career
During his career with Carolina, he battled numerous injuries.
Some of these injuries he sustained, while others forced him to miss games.
Playing while injured would cause him more problems later in his career.
The human body can only take so much and it has pushed itself to the limit.
The sacks and big hits he took would destroy his body.
It’s just common sense, they take the beating twice. They take the standard QB hits and the extra hits for the run.
We’ve all seen how physical play brutalized Cam Newton’s career and shortened it.
Hope Lamar has a long injury-free career, but running QB gets blown up more
— Justin (@Justin__NC) March 31, 2022
Ankle sprains turned into ligament tears and shoulder injuries turned into a rotator cuff tear.
These are just a few of the many injuries he suffered during his NFL career.
They are the ones who have caused a steady decline in his performance on the pitch.
If the Panthers want to succeed in 2022, they need a durable quarterback who can lead the team.
2. Bringing him back would continue to ruin the legacy he built in Carolina
Newton had some good seasons in Carolina during his time with them.
One season saw him lead the team to a 15-1 record that paved the way for a Super Bowl appearance.
However, the Panthers would lose in the Super Bowl on a costly fumble by Newton in the fourth quarter.
Cam Newton wouldn’t dive down the field for a fumble in the second half of a close Super Bowl, but he will do a Superman diving face plant for a first down in the first quarter of a preseason game.
—Mark Dondero (@MarkDondero) August 24, 2018
Since that game, things have gone downhill for him with the Panthers.
In 2019, Newton would lose two games before seeing his season end with injury.
The Panthers would release him in 2020 as he recovered from that injury.
When they picked him up in 2021, he lost all five games he started for the Panthers.
His return to the Panthers only puts him at risk of seeing the losing streak continue.
It would also tarnish the strengths he had during his career with the team.
1. Newton wants to be part of a Championship-related team
Newton wants to be part of a champion team.
Free agent QB Cam Newton is attracting interest, but also remaining patient. “I have teams that want to sign me,” Newton wrote. “I expect the best fit when it comes to winning a championship and getting a fair chance to play.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2022
Carolina is nowhere near ready to host a Super Bowl anytime soon.
They have a great running back who stays injured more times than his on the pitch.
Their defense is lackluster, although they tried to address that in the offseason.
Newton also wouldn’t have an elite receiver on the team if he re-signed.
Carolina doesn’t need to mess around with someone who doesn’t want to be on a losing team.
Until they got the tools Newton would need to get them back to the playoffs; they would be off his list.
That’s why it’s best that Carolina and Newton part ways for good.