With Tuesday’s reports indicating that the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton are working together to seek a trade, speculation regarding where the former MVP will land has started heating up.
One interesting option for Carolina and Newton is the Washington Redskins. The coach who drafted Cam, Ron Rivera, is now the head man in the nation’s capital, leading some to believe Washington is a realistic trade partner.
The Redskins have also voiced their willingness to shake up their quarterbacks room, even though they have Dwayne Haskins seemingly ready to take over as the franchise guy.
Rivera and Newton have a long track record of success together. They helped turn the Panthers into a perennial contender and they reached the Super Bowl together in 2015.
Bringing in a veteran QB like Newton could be the perfect move to get the most out of Haskins — if Haskins is still in the team’s future plans. Although, the Panthers will likely seek solid draft capital in return for Newton, and the Redskins don’t exactly have an abundance of that.
Currently, the team has eight draft picks in 2020, including the second overall selection, but they are without a second round pick.
Newton will also come with an expensive contract. A large contract coupled with giving up draft picks will handcuff Washington’s ability to build their team this offseason.
The jury’s still out on this one. But, don’t disregard Washington as a serious contender for Newton. The Rivera and Newton reunion is a real possibility.