CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

While coronavirus is taking all the headlines right now, not so quietly the NFL offseason is kicking off with a bang.

The Carolina Panthers announced they are allowing Cam Newton the opportunity to seek a trade from the team. The loss of their nine-year quarterback is seeming to open up the opportunity for another big signing.

ESPN and others are reporting that the Panthers are moving quickly to replace Newton, as they reportedly have an agreement in place to sign Teddy Bridgewater from the New Orleans Saints.

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.