Ron Rivera speaks out on the Redskins possibly signing Cam Newton

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Cam Newton was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason and is still waiting to find a new opportunity. While there are a few teams that need quarterbacks, there is also one team that could consider bringing him in simply due to their familiarity with him. That team would be the Washington Redskins, who hired former Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera this offseason.

Rivera is a huge fan of Newton and at one point many thought the Redskins could sign Newton.

Rivera was once again asked about the Redskins potentially signing Newton this offseason. He had a very intriguing answer.

“You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation,” Rivera said. “We’re in a situation where we’ve got two really young quarterbacks, one that’s been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise.”

He continued forward talking about the Redskins potentially signing Newton.

“I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it’s something that’s run through my mind, and it’s about the situation and circumstances. I’m not sure I would do it. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t do it. It depends on circumstances.”

Washington would certainly be an intriguing landing spot for Newton. While the Redskins do have Dwayne Haskins as their starting quarterback, Newton could come in and be a veteran mentor. If Haskins struggles, Newton could potentially take over and play.

Last season with the Panthers, Newton only played in just two games. Back in 2018, however, he played in 14 games and completed 67.9 percent of his pass attempts for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He also racked up 488 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

If Newton can get back to full health, the Redskins should absolutely consider signing him. Washington is looking to get back into playoff contention and Newton could help them with that goal.

All of that being said, it will be interesting to see which team decides to give Newton a chance. He has a chip on his shoulder and is putting in a ton of work to get back to 100 percent healthy. Newton is a name to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.