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Cam Newton’s 1-year deal has $4.5 million guaranteed, with incentives up to $10 million

The Panthers call on one of their franchise greats to help them through a rough time.

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Thursday update: Newton will receive a nice payday for returning to his old stomping grounds. There is no doubt the team wants him to start over P.J. Walker and should give him a chance to start over Sam Darnold when he returns.

Thursday update: Cam Newton is officially signing with the Panthers, per Darin Gantt.

Thursday update: The “expectation” is that Cam Newton will sign with the Panthers on Thursday, per The Athletic’s Joe Person. Newton is fully vaccinated, so his onboarding will be much quicker than if he wasn’t. We’ll see if he has any chance to play this weekend against the Cardinals.

Former Panther and Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will return to where he started his career to meet with the Panthers now that their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, will be out for 4-6 weeks, per The Charlotte Observer.

The Panthers drafted Newton first overall in the 2011 NFL draft. He helped the team get to the 2015 Super Bowl, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He spent nine seasons with the franchise before releasing him prior to the 2020 season, largely in part to multiple injuries that impacted his play on the field.

He signed with the New England Patriots and had the pleasure of replacing Tom Brady on the team. Newton had his moments, but was mostly a failure with the Patriots and they turned to rookie Mac Jones this season and let Newton Walk.

Sam Darnold has been awful this year and is not the long term answer, while P.J. Walker hasn’t been good either in his limited time. The veteran Newton couldn’t be much worse than those two and would likely take over the starting job, at least while Darnold is out.