The Patriots are short on cap space and it’s unclear what Newton’s salary would be. New England would also likely prefer their own doctors to evaluate Newton, which isn’t possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newton, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He is entering the fifth year of his six-year, $118.47 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $16.2 million and $18.6 million over the final two years of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Newton frees up $19.1 of available cap space while creating $2 million in dead money.
In 2019, Newton appeared in two games for the Panthers, completing 50 out of 89 passes for 572 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed five times for -2 yards.
We have Newton listed in our Top-100 2020 Free Agents list.