Monday, June 25, 2012

Now that Cam Newton could have No.2, he no longer wants it


Interesting number games in the Carolina Panthers organization these days among the quarterbacks -- at least I sorta think it's interesting.

Jimmy Clausen has switched from No.2 to No.7 for this season. Cam Newton was offered to move from No.1 to No.2 -- Cam wore No.2 at Auburn, and he came into Carolina as a rookie hoping he could be No.2 as well.

But now Cam is used to No.1, so I hear he told the Panthers thanks but no thanks -- he'd stay with his number and not make the switch he wanted 12 months ago. With No.2 still vacant, new Panther punter Nick Harris jumped on it, so that's where we sit today -- Newton at 1, Harris at 2 and Clausen at 7.

That's good news, I suppose, for the thousands who have bought a Cam Newton jersey and don't want it to be obsolete all of a sudden.

Clausen's switch, though, is a bit unusual given he has already been in the league a couple of years now. He had the right to keep the number last year and did so. I thought at the time and wrote then that he shouldn't simply give it away -- that the best scenario would be for Clausen to "sell" the number to Newton, as has happened in a number of other organizations in the past, and then donate the money to charity. A win-win for everyone.

But Clausen kept it. So Newton became No.1. Before long, he had beaten out Clausen for the No.1 job, too. And now Clausen doesn't want it anymore (he wore No.7 in college at Notre Dame, and it was available when the Panthers released longtime punter Jason Baker).

The numbers are final for this season now -- there won't be any more switching, at least not among higher-profile players, as the Panthers have turned in their roster to the NFL.

As for Newton, I think he did the right thing here. He has already forged a heckuva new NFL pro identity with No.1, which also represents his draft choice from 2011.

29 comments:

John said...

In the head games department... it's Newton 1 - Clausen 0.

Anonymous said...

Cam is first class all the way. By the way Superman wears a number 1 under his jersey.

Jay Hanig said...

We're Number 2; we try harder?

Anonymous said...

Folks...remember, at the end of the day, it's just a silly ballgame.

Anonymous said...

OH! brother ! I will be glad when football season starts !

Anonymous said...

Great decision Cam. You are number 1 and it should be reflected by your jersey number. Can't wait for the regular season to begin.

Anonymous said...

The reason Clausen didnt get 7 last year was because Baker had it and would not give it up. He was the lynchpin in it all. But now he's gone so 7 was available. I personally like the 2 jersey for Cam, it looks better, kinda like LJ had back in the day. But he's definitely numero uno these days.

Anonymous said...

#14 is about to be available; just in case Frank Reich wants to play.

Appclass of 1977 said...

14 needs to be vacant as the Panthers have screwed Armanti since day one......He needs to go somewhere he can be used as a player not a political pawn......

Anonymous said...

The real #7 will always be Beuerlein to me

Anonymous said...

People are still talking about Armanti Edwards??? Lets not kid ourselves people, he is useless... send him back to Boone

Anonymous said...

The way I read this is that #2 wasn't Jimmy Clausen's ideal-that-was-my-number-since-grade-school. It really had no meaning to him. Doesn't make him look so good not parting with it last year.

Anonymous said...

Clausen needs "0"

Anonymous said...

"Cam is first class all the way"?? What kind of drug are you on? He's the epitome of low class, no sportsmanship, showboat, lying piece of crap. He has NO morals or integrity and showed his pathetic display of class last year. Hope all you so-called fans enjoy losing a lot.

Anonymous said...

This is huge news! Sarcasm. I think Mr. Flower has too much time on his hands.

Anonymous said...

Now my Jimmy Clausen jersey is obsolete :(

Anonymous said...

no way...any football talk is good news....I am so happy Cam is a Panther...never thought I would feel this way about the guy but he won me over....

Anonymous said...

Already own a #1 jersey so he saved me $100. Thanks Cam!

Anonymous said...

Clausen and number 2, made me wish someone would light a match

Anonymous said...

Is this the best you can do in terms of Panthers reporting? This is really 3rd rate stuff. My 4th grader could report this kind of drivel.

Again, I say, where's the beef? C'mon, Scott!

Anonymous said...

Look out for #1 but don't step in #2

Anonymous said...

Clausen wanted 7 back because it made it easier for him to remember how many days per week he will be holding a clipboard this season.

Anonymous said...

Cam will wear #2 when his contract is up and he leaves for another team.

Anonymous said...

MARK SANCHEZ!!

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!!!

BAWHAHAHAHAHA!!! WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE!

Anonymous said...

Only number Newton and anyone else should care about is 16, the number of games on the schedule.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone yelling? It's too early. Can't wait to get my hands on a #2 Nick Harris jersey.

Anonymous said...

This is news worthy?? We have a president driving America off a financial cliff & SOMEBODY is worried about what # they wear while making million$ playing a game??

Anonymous said...

"That's good news, I suppose, for the thousands who have bought a Cam Newton jersey and don't want it to be obsolete all of a sudden."

But didn't the Panthers modify their logo, making ~all~ older jerseys obsolete?

Anonymous said...

From some of the comments, it sounds like there are some bitter UGA fans around here.

Newton is a great Pro QB, get over it.