CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Cam Newton's future in Carolina will depend on how he recovers from a foot injury.
Panther owner David Tepper said in a meeting with reporters on Monday that the organization will not decide Newton's long-term future until they determine whether the quarterback has completely recovered from a Lisfranc injury to his left foot, which resulted in his being put in wound reserve earlier this season.
Tepper said he doesn't know if Newton plans to have surgery.
Newton, 30, played only two games for Panthers this season before the team decided to end it.
The 2015 league MVP is expected to cost $ 21.1 million in next year's salary cap, but the team could save $ 19 million if they cut it or change it.
Tepper knows that.
But he said it is impossible to evaluate Newton now, given the uncertainty of his recovery.
Ideally, Tepper said Newton fully recovers, stays with the Panthers and leads the organization to the Super Bowl title.
Tepper told reporters on Monday on the condition that he was not directly quoted, but that everything he said could be attributed to him.
Tepper, who bought the team in 2018, said he was pleased with the development of second-year defender Kyle Allen, who has 5-3 as a team defender this season despite his recent fights with turnovers. Allen has nine interceptions in the last four games, three of which the Panthers have lost.
According to Tepper, the team did not participate in training for free agent Colin Kaepernick because they are not interested in hiring a veteran quarterback at the moment. He likes what the team now has with Allen and rookie Will Grier, the team's third round choice.
He said bringing a quarterback now doesn't make sense.
Tepper also covered several other team-related topics:
– He reiterated that he wants to build a new football stadium in the next five to 10 years in Charlotte, with the help of city and county funding. The team's existing stadium is 25 years old.
– He still wants to bring a Major League Soccer franchise team to the city and hopes the league will allow the team to use its current football stadium for games.
“He said the plan is for the new facility and team headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina to be completed in August 2022, in time for the season's training camp.
"He said the Panthers will make a decision about continuing the training camp at Wofford College until February." The other option would be to host a training camp in Charlotte, where he recently built a practice bubble.
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