Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Washington obtains quarterback from Panthers in National Football League trade

Washington obtains quarterback from Panthers in National Football League trade

The Panthers fired longtime head coach Ron Rivera before last season was done.

NFL Network reports that that the Panthers tried to trade Newton - who was due to make $18.6 million in nonguaranteed salary in 2020 - to the Bears and Chargers, but neither team was amenable to the terms.

Allen will reunite with most of the Panthers' coaching staff from a year ago in Washington, including head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

No, the team has not officially moved longtime franchise quarterback Cam Newton a week after announcing that it had "given him permission to seek a trade" (a point he rebutted vehemently on social media).

Allen has started 13 National Football League games - all with Newton out of the Panthers' lineup. He helped the Panthers to four playoff berths in a five-season span and piloted them to Super Bowl 50 in 2015. The NFL may well end up canceling all offseason activities due to conoravirus-related uncertainty, so it might be hard for Newton to land a noteworthy contract for the 2020 season. In 12 starts, he went 5-7 while throwing for 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Throw in the fact that the Panthers told the world they were moving on before any kind of deal had been consummated, and you knew what was coming. Walker led the Houston Roughnecks to a 5-0 record this season before the XFL canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus crisis.

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Back in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 15, for a charity yard sale for the Humane Society of Charlotte, Rivera said: "I just know that a healthy Cam, I would never bet against".

Washington used three starting quarterbacks in 2019, when the Redskins had the NFC's worst record at 3-13. With Case Keenum and Colt McCoy on new teams, Washington didn't have many options to back up Dwayne Haskins.

If Newton would sign in Miami, it would be as a bridge quarterback/mentor to whomever they select in the NFL Draft.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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