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Panthers Set to Trade Cam Newton, Signing Teddy Bridgewater to Three-Year Deal

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The Carolina Panthers have had one singular face ever since 2011, when they drafted Cam Newton first overall.

Now for the first time in nearly a decade, the Panthers are going to move on from Newton and into a new era of football in Carolina.

They made this evidently clear when they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a substantial three-year, $63 million deal to become their new quarterback.

Bridgewater has spent the last two seasons as Drew Brees’ backup quarterback in New Orleans after beginning his career with the Minnesota Vikings. A devastating knee injury derailed Bridgewater’s career in Minnesota, but last year he proved to be capable of once again leading a team in the NFL.

Starting in place of an injured Brees, Bridewater was a perfect 5-0 in his five starts. He completed 68% of his passes for 1,384 yards. He also threw nine touchdowns to just two interceptions.

In signing with Carolina, Bridewater is reuniting with Joe Brady who was an assistant offensive coach on the Saints back in 2018. Now Brady is the Panthers offensive coordinator under new head coach Matt Rhule.

With Bridgewater clearly ascending to the starting quarterback position with this deal, the Panthers are definitely set to move the incumbent Newton.

Due to the great success that Newton enjoyed with the Panthers throughout his career, the team is allowing the quarterback’s representatives to lead the trade search to find him a suitable new destination.

There has never been more movement among quarterbacks in the NFL, with Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Marcus Mariota already changing teams and guys like Andy Dalton, Jameis Winston and Jacoby Brissett likely on the move as well.

In a big game of quarterback musical chairs, Newton better not wait too long to find a seat, or he could be left to without a starting job come next season.

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Robby Anderson Signs Two-Year, $20 Million Deal with the Carolina Panthers

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For the first time in his NFL career, Robby Anderson won’t be playing football for the New York Jets. The 26-year-old signed with Jets as an undrafted free agent back in 2016 and turned himself into a very quality wide receiver.

Anderson’s breakout season came in his second year back in 2017, when he made 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Anderson has amassed 1,531 yards combined.

Now Anderson will be leaving the Jets to sign with the Carolina Panthers on a two-year, $20 million deal.

Anderson’s decision to go to Carolina should not be too surprising, as he is reuniting with his former college coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule coached him at Temple University, where Anderson finished his collegiate career with the second-most receiving yards and catches in school history.

Now Anderson gets the chance to play on a short-term deal with the Panthers in an offense he is comfortable in. He can then test free agency one last time before he turns 30 years old.

Anderson should provide Teddy Bridgewater with the type of deep threat that may have been lacking in their offense prior to his signing.

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Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Set to Purchase The Forum for $400 Million

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The site for the Los Angeles Clippers new home is finally set in place, as they have long looked to leave Staples Center to get their own building.

Now Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is putting the pieces in motion to build their own arena, as he has purchased The Forum from James Dolan for $400 million in cash.

Ballmer has long been in a legal battle with Dolan and the city of Inglewood to make it the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer was struggling to get clearance to build a new arena with The Forum still in operations.

Now Ballmer simply buys The Forum himself and can use the site to build a new arena for the Clippers and music fans alike.

The Clippers desperately needed to have their own building, as they will always play second fiddle the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

When those two teams play against one another, the crowd is always more filled with Lakers fans, regardless of if it is a designated Clippers’ home game.

Now the Clippers can create an identity and fandom of their own, with an impending new arena set to built in the coming years.

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Carolina Panthers Release Former MVP Cam Newton

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This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made it abundantly clear that they were planning for life without Cam Newton.

First they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a lucrative three-year, $63 million deal, clearly establishing him as their new starting quarterback. They later signed XFL star P.J. Walker to be his backup, while exploring all options to trade Newton.

After failing to find a taker on the trade market, the Panthers were forced to release the former 2015 NFL MVP.

After only missing five games across his first eight seasons with the Panthers, injuries derailed Newton’s career last season. A fractured foot limited him to just two games played.

If Carolina tried to trade Newton prior to that injury, there is a good chance that they would find some suitors for his services.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, teams are unsure if he will return to the field healthy and were unwilling to trade for Newton. Especially since Carolina was clearly going to be forced to release him with the addition of Bridgewater.

One of the more difficult aspects of acquiring Newton is that teams are unable to put him through a physical during this uncertain time due to the coronavirus. If they were to trade for him, teams would have had to pay his near $19 million salary.

Now that he has been released, teams will be able to sign Newton for far less money and also won’t have to give up any other assets to acquire him. This should make it more likely that someone takes a flier on the three-time Pro Bowler.

Newton is still just 30 years old, and is one-year removed from completing a career-high 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards. Across his career, few dual-threat quarterbacks have been more successful than Newton.

While his tenure with the Panthers didn’t end how he would have liked, hopefully Newton can once again return to the field healthy and be a big contributor for a new team next season.

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