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Panthers GM evasive about Cam Newton’s future with team

Contrary to what Cam Newton recently had to say, his return to the Carolina Panthers next season is far from assured. In fact, that eventuality appears seemingly improbable at this point.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney was mum at best when asked recently about Newton’s future with the organization.

“He’s rehabbing, that’s all I can say,” Hurney said when asked by Steve Reed of the Associated Press about Newton, making mention of the quarterback’s ongoing recovery from a Lisfranc fracture that ultimately led to his landing on IR after appearing in only two games last season.

Hurney then declined to answer any follow-up questions about Newton’s future, leaving the situation as uncertain as ever.

Newton, on the other hand, exhibited a much more optimistic perspective on where things stand with the Panthers. Addressing the situation during Super Bowl Week, Newton said he “absolutely” expects to be back with the Panthers next season.

“I had an unbelievable conversation with Marty Hurney, the GM, David Tepper the owner, as well as Coach (Matt) Rhule, the new head coach,” Newton said. “And I left that meeting inspired. And I told them, ‘You won’t find another person in that locker room with more to prove, not only to you, but I’ve got to prove to myself.'”

The Panthers have all the appearances of a team set to enter a transitional period, which further complicates matters related to Newton. With the 30-year-old in the final year of his contract, the Panthers can save $19.1 million in salary-cap space by cutting a player whose injury history over the past few seasons ought to give the organization pause.

How things ultimately play out of course remains to be seen, and it merits noting that Hurney’s evasive comments arguably reveal plenty without bearing little substance.

That being said, should Newton become available, there will be plenty of teams interested in taking a look at the former NFL MVP.