Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to have surgery this week on the Lisfranc injury to his foot that kept him out the majority of this season. The goal is for Newton to be fully healthy by March.
Newton is owed $18.6 million for next season before becoming a free agent in 2021. The Panthers are open to trading him in the offseason, provided they are able to get a large enough return. The demand for Newton will likely hinge on what happens to quarterbacks set for free agency including Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.
Once Rivera is replaced, the new coach and general manager Marty Hurney can make a decision on a return for Newton and what would be needed if they decided to start fresh.