Cam Newton has never lacked confidence, and likely never will. Newton, a 31-year-old signal caller, stated how he still views himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL and how he hopes to sign his next contract early in free agency this time.
It came out a few days ago that Newton and the New England Patriots would likely be parting ways this offseason as Newton never really seemed to click under the guidance of Bill Belichick. That doesn’t really come as a surprise considering Belichick has never really had a quarterback with a Newton play style, so it was difficult for both sides to adjust to a new style.
Newton played in 15 games for the Patriots this season and logged a 7-8 win-loss record to go along with a 65.8 completion percentage (second highest in his career), 2,657 passing yards, eight passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Newton also recorded 137 rush attempts (most in his career), 592 rushing yards, a 4.3 yards per carry average, and 12 rushing touchdowns (second most in his career, most since his rookie season).
Newton, a former NFL MVP during his time with the Carolina Panthers, will be looking for a new place to call home as well as a place he can compete for the starting job. Newton struggled this season, there’s no denying that, but the man still has a lot of potential to be great and the right system could prove that he still has some gas left in the tank.
Let’s take a look at four potential destinations for Cam Newton this offseason as he enters free agency.
Newton was widely projected to join the Bears following the signing of Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina due to the fact that the Bears had a whole lot of inconsistency at the position. Newton, a 10-year veteran signal caller, would be able to compete for the starting job as well as get the opportunity to revamp his career.
It’s safe to say that Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky are not the answer in Chicago, but a dual threat athlete like Cam Newton certainly could be. Newton brings an insane level of swagger with him wherever he goes and the Bears could use some of that juice. Not only that, but Matt Nagy has given Trubisky ample opportunities to prove himself as the starting quarterback and he just hasn’t gotten the job done.
Newton likely wouldn’t be on a short leash, allowing him to have a ton of confidence in his play style.
If Newton got an opportunity to suit up in Chicago, it could be the best fit for both organizations. Newton would get an opportunity to prove he still has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback and the Bears would get a (likely) cheap option to compete with Foles and Trubisky for the starting job.
The Broncos are a team that would be interested in acquiring a veteran player to bring in and compete with Drew Lock for the starting job, and I can’t fathom a better choice than free agent signal caller Cam Newton.
Lock, like Newton, is a high energy type of player who loves to dance and have fun while playing, which is why bringing in Newton to compete and help mentor the young man could be beneficial for both sides.
Regardless of how Newton’s 2020 season went, there’s no denying that he showed flashes of MVP Cam Newton this season. While Newton wouldn’t be likely to beat out the young Drew Lock in Denver, he would still get to be the direct backup and play for a team that has a lot of potential in the coming seasons.
Lock nearly lead the NFL in turnovers this season, but he showed flashes of greatness towards the final stretch of the season. If the Broncos bring in Newton to help progress his development, they could be a serious contender in the AFC West next season.
Washington Football Team
Boy oh boy how sweet it would be to see Cam Newton reunite with his former head coach Ron Rivera in the nation’s capitol. Newton played his best football under the guidance of Rivera and a potential reunion doesn’t seem like a bad idea for both parties.
The Washington Football Team had a wild ride of a season and the quarterback position has been all but stable. Unfortunately for the Football Team, they made the playoffs, meaning they won’t be picking in the lower tier of the 2021 NFL Draft, but rather the upper portion and likely missing out on one of the top three quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
Washington could bring in a guy who is already familiar with the offense and Rivera to compete with Kyle Allen for the starting job in Cam Newton though and things could seemingly get back on track.
All Washington needs is a little bit of stability at the quarterback position and if Rivera can help get Newton back to his MVP form, they would be making a smart decision by bringing the veteran quarterback in for an opportunity.
It’s very uncertain what the Jaguars will do at the quarterback position this offseason. They have a fan favorite in Gardner Minshew, but he’s simply not getting the job done. They also possess the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and can draft Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson if they wanted to go that route.
It’s highly unlikely Minshew remains with the Jaguars, and bringing in Cam Newton to start for the time being while Lawrence gets adjusted to life in the NFL could be the move the Jags opt to roll with. Newton brings a lot that the Jaguars love to do with his play style.
If the Jaguars are looking for a player to bring in for a season and help develop a young quarterback they may draft, a perfect fit would be Newton. Newton brings a lot to the table and would fit well in that Jacksonville offense.