Cam Newton to meet with QB-needy Panthers this week as free agent seeks return to NFL, per report

The Carolina Panthers are in need of a quarterback. A familiar face may be the answer. 

Per Jonathan A. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer, the Panthers will meet with Cam Newton regarding a possible return to the franchise that drafted him. Newton, who played for the Panthers from 2011 to 2019 and is the franchise’s all-time passing leader, has been a free agent since the New England Patriots released him in August. 

The Panthers are in need of a starting quarterback after starter Sam Darnold suffered a fracture in his right shoulder blade. Carolina placed Darnold on injured reserve — which means he’s out for a minimum of three games. PJ Walker is scheduled to start Sunday and Carolina signed Matt Barkley this week for roster depth. 

The Panthers have just two quarterbacks on the active roster, which is why it makes sense to give Newton a call. Walker has struggled when he’s relieved Darnold, completing just 3 of 15 passes for 33 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions (39.6 rating). 

More to come on this story as it develops. 

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