Cam Newton has likely played his final game as the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers.
Newton is owed $18.6 million in base salary next season, none of which is guaranteed, and the most plausible outcome is that he is traded this offseason.
Newton was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, ending his season with only two games played this season due to a Lisfranc foot injury. It’s possible that he’ll undergo surgery to repair the injury that had taken away his ability to run and post stats that looked nothing like the 2015 NFL MVP.
Newton, 30, was replaced by Kyle Allen, who has shown himself serviceable but not spectacular as the team’s starting quarterback. Allen is an exclusive rights free agent for the next two seasons, barring the two sides do not reach an agreement on a contract extension.
On Sunday, the Panthers lost 16-24 to the Packers and moved to 5-4. Allen completed 28-of-43 passes for 307 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Panthers are currently second in the NFC South and will play the 2-7 Falcons at home next Sunday.