After weeks of being on the hot seat, the Carolina Panthers made a decision to let Ron Rivera go leading up to NFL Week 14, showing just how rough this season has turned out for his former team. A healthy Newton would have a tremendous amount of leverage over the organization given the circumstances.
Fowler went on to emphasize that the Panthers would never trade Newton within the division, so the Saints would only be a possibility if the quarterback were to be released.
Before suffering the foot injury, Newton missed only three starts in seven seasons.
Recovery from this type of surgery can take anywhere from 6-10 weeks or longer depending on the injury as detailed by Dr. Robert Anderson, the Panthers former assistant team physician and renowned foot specialist, for NFL.com.
The 2015 NFL MVP underwent a shoulder cleanup earlier in 2019 and was brought along slowly and deliberately in the offseason and preseason, only to suffer the foot injury while trying to escape pressure in the third exhibition game.
Newton indicated last week at his annual Thanksgiving Jam, during which he fed 1,300 underprivileged children, that he wanted to remain with the Panthers.
"That's probably the biggest thing, coming from where we started, where we came from, you know?" "You don't want to get the opportunity this way, but I am granted that opportunity and I've got to make the most of that while I have this chance". "I want to reemphasize: I'm proud I took over a 2-14 team and won back-to-back-to-back".
"I thought it just came very natural the things that I saw that we needed to work on, and I spoke about those things not only to the players, but the coaches".
He met with Rivera and Hurney about his health following the second game of the season vs. Tampa Bay. According to Spotrac, he is scheduled to count $21.1 million against the team's 2020 salary cap.
There are some notable names the Panthers could hire, like Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, plus a former National Football League head coach in Mike McCarthy and a sitting National Football League head coach in the Cowboys' Jason Garrett.
With Newton electing to get surgery, the Panthers will have a clearer timetable for getting answers on the quarterback's health. The team is 5-7 this season.