Carolina: New­ton out, Bridge­wa­ter signs $63M con­tract

Times Standard (Eureka) - - SPORTS -

The Carolina Pan­thers have found a re­place­ment for Cam New­ton — and it didn’t take long.

The Pan­thers have agreed to a three-year, $63 mil­lion con­tract with free agent quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The deal can­not be an­nounced un­til the start of the league year to­day.

The Pan­thers an­nounced ear­lier they were part­ing ways with New­ton, their No. 1 over­all pick in 2011.

Carolina gen­eral man­ager Marty Hur­ney said Tues­day via Twit­ter the team is giv­ing the 31-year-old quar­ter­back per­mis­sion to seek a trade — al­though the for­mer league

MVP re­sponded by say­ing he never re­quested one.

“Ev­ery year dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions are made, and they are never easy,” Hur­ney said. “We have been work­ing with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him mov­ing for­ward and he will al­ways be a Carolina Pan­ther in our hearts.”

New­ton was quick to re­spond to the Pan­thers on so­cial me­dia, say­ing he didn’t ask for the trade.

The 27-year-old Bridge­wa­ter spent the past two sea­sons with the Saints and led them to five straight wins while Drew Brees was in­jured, com­plet­ing 68% of his passes with nine touch­down passes and two in­ter­cep­tions. Bridge­wa­ter pre­vi­ously worked one sea­son in New Or­leans with Joe Brady, who is now Carolina’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, and would have some fa­mil­iar­ity with the of­fen­sive scheme.

New­ton has bat­tled shoul­der and foot in­juries the last two sea­sons and lost his last eight starts for the Pan­thers.

A for­mer No. 1 over­all pick in 2011, New­ton made the Pro Bowl three times and was the NFL’s MVP in 2015 when he led the Pan­thers to the Su­per Bowl. He holds most of the fran­chise’s pass­ing records and has run for more touch­downs than any QB in league his­tory. DEALS COULD BE DE­LAYED DUE TO LACK OF PHYS­I­CALS » While NFL teams are mak­ing deals at a rapid pace, the time frame for trades and free agent con­tracts to be fi­nal­ized could be slowed sig­nif­i­cantly due to com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The league also is pro­hibit­ing teams from an­nounc­ing free agent ac­qui­si­tions that are agreed to but not fi­nal­ized pend­ing the player pass­ing a phys­i­cal exam. Only com­pleted con­tracts may be an­nounced.

RIVERS HEADED TO INDY » Philip Rivers spent more than a decade pick­ing apart the In­di­anapo­lis Colts and ir­ri­tat­ing their fans.

On Wed­nes­day, he’ll be­come their new quar­ter­back.

The long­time Charg­ers star agreed to a one-year con­tract with Indy on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to a per­son who spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal can­not be of­fi­cially an­nounced un­til to­day. TAN­NEHILL, TI­TANS AGREE TO TERMS » Ryan Tan­nehill is liv­ing proof of just how much dif­fer­ence a year can make. Traded away by Mi­ami a year ago, Tan­nehill has gone from backup and starter once again to now land­ing a four-year, $118 mil­lion con­tract with a very se­cure fu­ture with Ten­nessee.

Tan­nehill and the Ti­tans agreed to the deal Sun­day, a year to the day they traded for the quar­ter­back. BREES RE­TURN­ING TO SAINTS » The Saints and record-set­ting quar­ter­back Drew Brees have agreed on a two-year, $50 mil­lion con­tract, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said.

The per­son spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal has not been an­nounced.

SHORT YARDAGE »

Ryan

Shazier’s NFL ca­reer is over. For now at least.

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers placed the in­side line­backer on the re­served/re­tired list on Tues­day. Shazier spent the last two sea­sons on the Phys­i­cally Un­able to Per­form list while re­cov­er­ing from a spinal in­jury suf­fered in De­cem­ber 2017.

• The Cincin­nati Ben­gals are de­vot­ing se­ri­ous money to up­grad­ing their de­fense, re­port­edly agree­ing Tues­day to give nearly $100 mil­lion to a pair of free agents.

First, the team and de­fen­sive tackle D.J. Reader agreed to a four-year, $53 mil­lion con­tract, per mul­ti­ple re­ports. Then cor­ner­back Trae Waynes agreed to join the team on a three-year, $42 mil­lion deal, the NFL Net­work re­ported.

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