Panthers Plan to Move Forward With Cam Newton as Starting QB

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are planning to move forward with Cam Newton as their starting quarterback, NFL's Ian Rapoport reports. 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Tuesday that a lot could change over the next weeks or months, but as of right now the Panthers intend to keep Newton as their starting quarterback. 

Rapoport said Newton's surgically repaired foot likely won't be game-ready until May or even late June. 

"That complicates things from a trade perspective and frankly makes it really hard to do," Rapoport said. 

Rapopart also noted that as the Panthers go towards a rebuild, it's much easier to do with an established quarterback. 

Other reports, however, note that Newton is still very much up in the air as the Panthers will make rounds in Indianapolis with a solid portion of the roster open to the trade market.

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