Cam Newton’s exit physical from the Panthers means nothing

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Yes, Cam Newton passed a physical administered by the Panthers (via a doctor in Atlanta) before the Panthers cut him on Tuesday. No, it means nothing as it relates to his search for a new team.

The Panthers wanted him to pass the physical, and Newton wanted to pass it. The physical, as reported by ESPN, was “coordinated by the Panthers and his agency.” Wink. Nod. Cam is passing the physical.

This doesn’t mean he’s “healthy,” even though ESPN understandably had to make that declaration in exchange for getting the scoop. Newton’s next team will decide on its own whether he’s healthy, ideally before signing him to a new contract.

The COVID-19 procedures make that a major challenge, since a team like the Chargers can’t bring Newton to the facility, and the Chargers likewise can’t send their doctors to Newton. So they’ll either have to trust the evaluation of a neutral doctor before signing him, wait to sign him until the physical can be conducted by team doctors, or sign him subject to a physical at a later date.

Regardless, the fact that Newton passed his on-the-way-out-the-door physical in Carolina has absolutely no relevance to the question of whether any other team will be comfortable committing millions based on his current overall condition.

The best example comes from the case of Drew Brees, in 2006. Brees, who injured his shoulder in the last game of the 2005 season, failed a physical with the Dolphins. And he passed a physical with the Saints. Newton, despite passing a physical in Carolina, could fail one with the Chargers or any other team.

18 responses to “Cam Newton’s exit physical from the Panthers means nothing

  1. After botching that Brees exam, the Doctors in Miami are still not able to work for any NFL team.

  2. “The Panthers wanted him to pass the physical, and Newton wanted to pass it. The physical, as reported by ESPN, was “coordinated by the Panthers and his agency.” Wink. Nod. Cam is passing the physical.”
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    RIDICULOUS. NO DOCTOR WOULD RISK THEIR MEDICAL LICENSE TO FALSIFY A PHYSICAL EXAM.

    These doctors earn millions of dollars outside of their small NFL work. They are NOT going to throw that away by lying about some player’s health.

  3. Any team signing him right now is not putting winning at the top of their priorities. If you don’t believe me just watch Cams last 2 games in a Panther uniform that opened the 2019 season after he had a full offseason and a pandered camp to prepare for. 0-2 and a 56% completion rate with foot/leg issues. A marginally talented passer became a very poor passer as soon as his lower body began to break down…..that’s not going to magically change-

  4. There is only rumor that the “LA” Chargers want Cam Newton. NFL “pundits” are assuming, because the Chargers mismanaged their plan to sign Tom Brady after prematurely firing Philip Rivers, that Newton is the last viable QB on the board. Cam is all about Cam. He’s a head case with questionable health. If he was still viable, why would the Panthers jettison him? If Spanos and his lap dog Telesco sign Cam they will continue the massive mismanagement blunders beginning with their disastrous “re-location.”

  5. akira1971 says:
    RIDICULOUS. NO DOCTOR WOULD RISK THEIR MEDICAL LICENSE TO FALSIFY A PHYSICAL EXAM.
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    Settle down, Beavis.
    Nobody is saying anyone falsified anything. Cam Newton was given a cursory physical and showed no obvious problems with his foot or shoulder. But they likely didn’t go too far in-depth, or put his foot or joints through the same level of stress testing another team will do if it is interested in signing him.
    The physical he took was legitimate, if basic, and the results likely truthful. It just won’t be enough for some other team to take a risk without doing its own, more intense testing, which is impossible right now — hence the assertion it means nothing in terms of his NFL career.

  6. akira1971 says:
    March 25, 2020 at 11:09 am
    “The Panthers wanted him to pass the physical, and Newton wanted to pass it. The physical, as reported by ESPN, was “coordinated by the Panthers and his agency.” Wink. Nod. Cam is passing the physical.”
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    RIDICULOUS. NO DOCTOR WOULD RISK THEIR MEDICAL LICENSE TO FALSIFY A PHYSICAL EXAM.
    These doctors earn millions of dollars outside of their small NFL work. They are NOT going to throw that away by lying about some player’s health.

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    I couldn’t agree more. Why would Cam agree to being released while injured knowing any team willing to sign him to a large contract would require their own medical team to clear him. Not to mention that Cam probably has it written in his contract that he can’t be released if injured unless some type of severance package is included.

  7. “OK I didn’t get the fumble. We can play tit-for-tat. I’ve seen numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions and their effort afterwards and they don’t go. I don’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was, it could have been contorted in some way”
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    This is when he actually admitted he didn’t try to recover his fumble with the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl because he was scared of getting hurt. It’s like when a infantryman freezes in a firefight.

  8. I see him going to NE. Why would he go to the Chargers after they traded away their LT and are most likely taking a QB at 6.

  9. tampabayblumpkineers1 says:
    March 25, 2020 at 11:55 am
    I see him going to NE. Why would he go to the Chargers after they traded away their LT and are most likely taking a QB at 6.
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    He may have little say in where he goes. I honestly think the Pats sign 30/30 man Wintson. Younger, has been on the field more and has a little less baggage. San Diego will be signing someone, I do not buy Anthony Lynn’s story that they are happy with Tyrod Taylor..

    If Newton drops the attitude and works on staying healthy, I think he could have a couple productive years ahead of him.

  10. Newton is being held together with spit and duct tape. His right shoulder is surgically repaired so his arm strength is in question. He is a refugee from the demolition derby that is the NFL, especially given his physical playing style. He has had 9 fairly major injuries. Any team wanting to sign him should take out insurance.
    As for the Patriots signing him or Winston, forgetaboutit, they like Stidham, and they hate turnovers.

  11. “Not to mention that Cam probably has it written in his contract that he can’t be released if injured unless some type of severance package is included.”

    All players do its in the CBA that you have to play a player if released while injured. There are often injury settlements made in such cases where the player accepts less than the full amount he is owed to make it easier for him to catch on elsewhere after healed.

  12. “I see him going to NE”

    I don’t. Cam has a fragile ego. Belichick is famous for ripping any and every player including Brady in meetings if they didn’t play well the previous game.

    Can’t imaging Cam tolerating Bill eviscerating him in a meeting in front of the rest of the offense. Cam wouldn’t last a month in New England

  13. Others have probably noted this, but it is not, in fact, in Newton’s best interest to do a wink/nod/pass exit physical with the Panthers. You can’t release an injured player. Newton could have at the very least negotiated an injury settlement and then miraculously pass a physical for another team 2-3 months down the road.

    No team in the NFL is going to sign him based upon this physical so there is no reason for Newton or his people to agree to any sort of wink/nod arrangement.

  14. He is better than anything they have in Foxboro right now I just don’t see him and Bill gelling in any way.

  15. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 25, 2020 at 1:22 pm
    “I see him going to NE”
    I don’t. Cam has a fragile ego. Belichick is famous for ripping any and every player including Brady in meetings if they didn’t play well the previous game.
    Can’t imaging Cam tolerating Bill eviscerating him in a meeting in front of the rest of the offense. Cam wouldn’t last a month in New England
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    Funny thing is, that’s EXACTLY what Cam needs!! A coach that’s in his face holding him accountable and letting him know you will be bench and can be bench!! Straighten up or ship out! A lack of that our way for 9 yrs explaining a lot of dress code issues and attitude!

  16. SURE they passed him, they didn’t want to pay him the perm. injury settlement! I’d love to see him in Minnesota where they have the best Ortho Dr’s in the League, Remember Peterson come within 9 yards of the NFL all time rushing title a year after an ACL tear and surgery?

  17. Cam in New England may last shorter than Antonio Brown’s comical stint there – 11 days. Belichick relies on a QBs brains as much as his physical abilities, and Cam has never been known as a rocket scientist, for sure.

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