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Gerald McCoy says it would be ‘dumbest thing’ for Panthers to not keep Cam Newton

Panthers, Cam Newton, Gerald McCoy

The Carolina Panthers not only have to hire a new head coach, but they also have to make a potentially franchise-altering decision at quarterback this offseason. Will the Panthers bring back Cam Newton for another season?

The 30-year-old played in just two games this year due to a foot injury, and after Kyle Allen’s strong first few games after replacing Newton, many were claiming that Carolina should move on from Newton this offseason.

However, Allen was eventually benched for rookie Will Grier later in the year, and after a miserable second half of 2019, there seems to be a significant chance that the Panthers do, in fact, retain Newton for 2020.

Count defensive lineman Gerald McCoy among those who feel Carolina should absolutely keep Newton:

“That’d be the dumbest thing they ever did is let Cam walk,” said McCoy, according to Josh Klein of The Riot Report. “There’s not a lot of Cam Newtons walking around. … Any organization that don’t want Cam Newton, that’s just dumb to me.”

Newton was once one of the NFL’s brightest young stars, winning the league MVP award and leading the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance as recently as the 2015-16 campaign.

However, since then, injuries and underwhelming performance have derailed Newton, who has undergone multiple shoulder surgeries in addition to the foot injury over the last several years. Since Newton’s MVP campaign, he has thrown 65 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.

The former No. 1 overall pick has one year remaining on his contract and is scheduled to earn $18.6 million in 2020.

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