CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are keeping all choices open in regards to the sore proper shoulder of quarterback Cam Newton, together with the chance of not having the 2015 NFL MVP accessible for the 2019 season.
Requested to examine Newton’s scenario with that of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, proprietor David Tepper mentioned Tuesday, “In case you informed me he took a 12 months off and will recuperate and be totally recovered and all the things else, and that is what it took, an additional 12 months, why would not you do [that]?”
“Now we might have to do different issues, proper? We might have to exit and get one other quarterback. In case you may discover me some extra cap area I might recognize that.”
Newton was shut down the ultimate two video games when it turned obvious the power in his throwing shoulder, which was surgically repaired prior to the 2017 season, did not give the Panthers the perfect likelihood to win.
The group has been in discussions with medical personnel on the perfect plan to strengthen the shoulder, whether or not that is with relaxation or one other surgical procedure. A second surgical procedure opens the chance Newton may miss a season as Luck did in 2017 after present process surgical procedure on his throwing shoulder.
Luck returned this season to throw 39 touchdowns, the second most of his profession, throughout a 10-6 common season.
“When you decide, this will get into enterprise, or right here … you need to hold your choices open as a lot as doable,” Tepper mentioned in his first sit-down interview since finalizing in July the acquisition of the workforce for $2.275 billion. “And also you need to put your self in a place to win. Not a place to lose, however a place to win.
“Which means hold your choices open and take a look at to have as a lot [cap] area as you probably can.”
The Panthers, who misplaced seven of their remaining eight video games to end 7-9, at present have roughly $25 million in cap area. That ranks among the many backside half of the league.
They will clear one other $7.2 million in area by releasing left sort out Matt Kalil, who missed the 2018 season with a knee injury, with a June 1 designation. They might recreate one other $three.5 million in area by parting with nickelback Captain Munnerlyn.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner and coach Ron Rivera have mentioned the uncertainty round Newton’s shoulder has created a “sense of urgency” on the quarterback place. Whether or not which means relying on an unproven expertise comparable to Kyle Allen, an undrafted rookie who led Carolina to a 33-14 victory over New Orleans in the regular-season finale, signing a veteran, or utilizing a excessive draft decide on a quarterback stays to be seen.
Signing a veteran may drive the Panthers to minimize prices at different positions.
Among the many veteran choices are Philadelphia’s Nick Foles, New Orleans’ Teddy Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Foles and Bridgewater are on the lookout for beginning jobs.
“Hopefully, Cam’s shoulder is incredible, proper? And we’re hunky dory, all incredible,” Tepper mentioned. “If it is not, you could want extra cap area. It’s possible you’ll want to exit and discover someone. In case you do not, you guys are going to be writing what a dope we’re right here. Why did we make these different strikes?
“So take into consideration that. You need to hold your choices open, put your self in finest place as you possibly can to win, and I am speaking once more for the long run.”
Tepper mentioned Newton’s shoulder, which turned a problem after an Oct. 21 win at Philadelphia obtained the document to Four-2, was one of the a number of components that satisfied him to hold Rivera and common supervisor Marty Hurney after the second-half collapse.
“As Cam’s shoulder obtained worse, that made it a lot tougher to win,” Tepper mentioned. “Do not know what coaches can do about that.
“Individuals get injured in soccer, and what we’ve got to do is hold our choices open simply in case. Cam Newton is a man we’re going to be relying on. He is a expertise. However it might be silly to say you are not having an consciousness of potential issues that would occur through the 12 months.”