There are a lot of questions surrounding the Carolina Panthers quarterback situation. Former 2015 MVP Cam Newton missed the majority of last season due to a Lisfranc fracture. Now, at 31, Cam enters the final-year of his five-year contract, with uncertainty whether he’ll be the Panthers starter.
Carolina moved on from former and current Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. They recently replaced him with Matt Rhule, who just turned around the Baylor University football program; 1-11 in 2017, 7-6 in 2018, and 11-3 last season.
The Panthers organization has publicly declared their commitment to Newton, but you know how it is with the NFL; you can’t believe everything you hear..
The Panthers for all we know could be working on finding a trade partner for Cam Newton, and preparing to replace him in either free agency or the draft. The Panthers pick 7th; so they have a lot of options to consider; such as drafting a quarterback like Justin Herbert or Jordan Love.
No matter what the Panthers decide to do, there is one quarterback that the Panthers should be doing whatever it takes right now…
XFL star QB PJ Walker
The XFL unfortunately announced they had to suspend it’s season this week due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Through the first five weeks, Houston Roughnecks PJ Walker was undoubtedly the MVP of the XFL and face of the league; leading them to a 5-0 record.
Walker had a brief “cup of coffee” in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, but now at just 25 he’s more than ready and capable for an opportunity in the NFL.
PJ Walker was a four-year starter at Temple University, where he was coached by no other than Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.
Walker and Rhule both arrived at Temple the same year in 2013. Their first year together they finished 2-10, but Walker had 20 TD, 8 INT (as a true freshman). In 2014, they went 6-6, but their final two years they had a ton of success; finishing 10-4 and 10-3.
Walker finished as Temple’s all-time leader in wins by a starting quarterback (28), passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, total yards and total touchdowns. In 2016, Walker & Rhule led Temple to their first conference title in 49 years and their first ever back-to-back bowl appearances in school history (2015 and 2016).
Rhule & Walker already have an excellent relationship and experienced a ton of success with one another. Walker is not going to demand a crazy amount of money, so this is not something where the Panthers have to fully commit to a high-profile free agent on a long-term massive deal.
Even if the Panthers want to commit to Cam for at least one more year, you can bring Walker in to compete with backups Kyle Allen and Will Grier, which he would definitely be a massive upgrade.