Cam Newton's 2019 NFL season is all but finished after the Panthers placed their franchise quarterback on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury Tuesday. That immediately raises the question: Where is Newton most likely to play in 2020, assuming his foot heals fully?
Newton can make a total of $21.1 million next season in base salary and bonuses, but Carolina officials, if they so choose, can cut him to save $19.1 million against the 2020 salary cap while eating only $2 million in dead money. The greater possibility is a trade, where the Panthers can move on with the same type of savings, only with a little draft pick compensation in return.
Although there's a lot of uncertainty about Newton's health going forward, there are two things for certain: He's not going to a different team to be a backup QB, and he's not going to a team that is highly invested in a franchise QB, either with a recent promising first-round draft pick or lucrative contract extension.