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Who’s in, who’s out? – The Athletic

On a pleasant, sunny afternoon, Cam Newton worked alone before the Panthers practice Thursday, going through an agility drill involving his hips before joining the other quarterbacks and beginning to throw.

And this thought crossed my mind: It was likely the last time Charlotte media members would see Newton practice as a Panther. The open portion of practice ended about 10 minutes later, and Friday’s walk-through in the practice bubble is closed to reporters under the latest COVID protocols.

All indications are Matt Rhule will be back for a third season, but it’s going to be an offseason of change for the Panthers. After most of the draft and free-agent resources went toward the defense in Rhule’s first two years, the Panthers plan to prioritize the offense this offseason, which is to say taking another swing at a quarterback (think Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson) and upgrading the offensive line.

Considering what it costs to pay a quarterback and/or a left tackle, Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer will face tough decisions at other positions and will have to let some good players leave in free agency.

As the Panthers prepare for the most important offseason in Rhule’s tenure, The Athletic analyzes every player on the current roster and who is most likely to fit in the future plans.

Offense

Quarterbacks (3)

Cam Newton

Contract status: Unrestricted free agent.

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