Cam Newton is finally returning home to Charlotte. The former NFL MVP has had an injury-plagued career filled with roadblocks. After injuries weakened his effectiveness and the Carolina Panthers were unable to find a suitable trade deal, Newton was released on March 24, 2020. Now, Sports Illustrated has broken the news that he’s agreed to terms to return to Charlotte.

After months in free agency seeking a new squad, Newton signed with the New England Patriots for the league’s minimum salary. Newton started fifteen games for the Pats, He put up a ton of yards there, 2,657 through the air to be exact, but struggled with his accuracy. He threw only 8 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.

In March of this year, New England signed Newton to a one-year contract that was loaded with incentives. Newton would never get a chance to chase those incentives. The Patriots drafted Mac Jones in the first round. The emergence of the rookie led the team to cut Cam Newton at the end of training camp.

Panthers fans were irate when the team left Newton hanging out to dry after injuries allowed him to appear in only two games in 2019. He was the franchise player who led them to the Super Bowl. Cam was a beloved fixture among the Carolina faithful.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at this time. Sam Darnold has underperformed as the Panthers QB this year, with a paltry 59.5 completion percentage and 7 touchdowns to 11 INTs for a QB rating of only 71.3. Unfortunately, his time as the starter is likely over for good as the club placed him on Injured Reserve. The backup is XFL veteran PJ Walker, who has also struggled with accuracy despite having a good arm.

It’s unknown whether the team intends to start Newton or have signed him as an insurance policy for the younger Walker. It’s been a while since Cam’s played, and he’ll have to adjust to a new team and a new system, as familiar as the surroundings may be. For now, Newton’s happy to have another chance in a place where he’s wanted and, perhaps, needed.

Can Cam Newton recapture his MVP magic? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a new contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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