I don't see anything in this post that should be surprising. There are simply too many unknowns to make a definitive statement right now and the Panthers are smart not to paint themselves into a corner.
Two questions have to be answered before any reasonable, rational decision can be made.
1. Do the Panthers believe Cam is healthy enough to be the QB1 for multiple seasons? I say multiple, because that is the ONLY way the Panthers would be willing to invest in Cam. Forget 2020, the plan has to be for the next 3-5 years, because there is little to no chance the Panthers are a contender next year.
2. Who is the next coach/GM? It would be silly to promise Cam QB1 without input from the coach/GM. Until they are hired, we won't know the real direction of the franchise.
So, we wait.
It may not mean much to you, but I'm pretty sure it means an awful lot to him.
And if Newton ultimately decides there's no way he's playing on that one year deal (which he genuinely could) it may come to a point of getting something over nothing.
I’m not so concerned about what he thinks he should pursue. And I’m not trying to sound like an ass, but he is under contract with the Carolina Panthers. What he can fetch from another team doesn’t mean much to me. I’m looking at what the Panthers can fetch in return for him. And if Tepper is not convinced that he’s well enough physically to be renewed, I would imagine most teams out there would be keenly aware of that reluctance. Which, at least in my view, would drive Cam’s trade value down.