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Cam Newton signs one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers

Written by Doug Rush

Cam Newton is returning to where it all began and will sign with the Carolina Panthers for the rest of the 2021 season.

Who says you can’t go back home? In Cam Newton’s case, he is going back to where it all started.

Newton, who had been a free agent since the end of training camp, is signing with the Carolina Panthers.

Newton signs a one-year deal worth almost $10 million for the remainder of the season, which includes $4.5 million in fully guaranteed money and a $1.5 million roster bonus.

Newton started his career with the Carolina Panthers when he was the number one pick back in the 2011 NFL Draft and spent almost 10 years with the organization.

Newton spent the last two years with the New England Patriots and had the distinction of being the guy to replace Tom Brady in New England, but he was cut before the 2021 season to pave the way for Mac Jones, so he was released before the regular season.

With Sam Darnold hurt for at least four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury, the Panthers had a need for a veteran quarterback since P.J. Walker and Matt Barkley were there quarterbacks, and thus, it allowed a reunion in Carolina.

The deal is for the remainder of the 2021 season, so Newton will be allowed to become a free agent again in the spring.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.