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Matt Rhule avoided question about Cam Newton’s future with Panthers

Matt Rhule, Cam Newton, Panthers

There has been a whole lot of discussion about whether or not the Carolina Panthers will be bringing Cam Newton back next season, and new head coach Matt Rhule did not exactly provide much clarity on Wednesday.

In his first press conference since being hired as the Panthers’ head coach earlier this week, the first question Rhule was asked pertained to Newton, but he dodged it, per Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.

Rhule did say that he has “the utmost respect for him and what he’s done,” but he then added that he has not had in-depth conversations with general manager Marty Hurney about any player and that he had to wait before making any assessments.

One can make the argument that Rhule’s essential silence in reference to Newton does not exactly bode well for the quarterback’s future in Carolina, but at the same time, it’s entirely possible that the Panthers have not made a decision on Newton and are simply waiting before they reveal any information.

Newton played in just two games this year before a foot injury ended his season, which would ultimately require surgery. Going under the knife has become a routine thing for him over the past several years, as he has also undergone a pair of shoulder surgeries since the end of the 2016 campaign.

The Panthers went to Kyle Allen under center following Newton’s injury earlier this season and won each of Allen’s first four starts, but from that point on, Allen began to struggle, resulting in Carolina actually switching to rookie quarterback Will Grier late in the year.