Things just went from bad to worse for the Carolina Panthers. After putting together one of the best seasons in franchise history in 2013, things have quickly started to go wrong in Carolina. The Panthers were unable to land a big name wide receiver in free agency, and that was after they cut loose their top wide out, Steve Smith. Now with the news of Cam Newton having to undergo ankle surgery, it’s time for fans to start panicking.
Newton is expected to be sidelined for four months, which will result in him missing OTAs. That’s usually the time when new teammates start getting on the same page. So not only are there no WRs after the departures of Smith, Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell — now there’s no franchise QB to throw to whoever the new WRs are.
It’s very safe to say that the Panthers are in trouble already, and we haven’t even reached the draft.
The 2014 draft is the only place where Carolina can salvage what’s thus far been a terrible offseason.
As for the ankle surgery Newton is set to undergo, it’s said that the injury occurred in the Panthers divisional round playoff game this past January. It was originally thought that he would be able to avoid surgery, but clearly the issues are fairly significant. Just do the math, if this surgery took place in September, Newton would miss the entire year.
All of this bad offseason news can’t have Panthers fans feeling good. It’s a shame, after it seemed like the franchise finally got over the hump in 2013. Now it could be back to square one, at least on the offensive side of the ball.