The Los Angeles Chargers are going to look much different in 2020 than they did in 2019. With Melvin Gordon likely on his way out of town and Philip Rivers having a good chance of leaving as well, the team will need to make quite a few moves this offseason.
Speaking of the quarterback position, Rivers could very well be back. It is far from a done deal that he won’t return. Los Angeles could decide to give him another deal, but they also could look to move on and go a different direction.
Should they choose to go a different direction, there is one intriguing option that they should consider. This option is far from a guarantee to work out, but they should consider making a trade for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
That’s right, even with the injury concerns surrounding Newton, the Chargers should check in with the Panthers on what a trade would take.
During the 2019 season with the Panthers, Newton was able to play in just two games before going down with injury. He completed 56.2 percent of his pass attempts for 572 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Back in 2018 in 14 games, Newton completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
All of that being said, why should the Chargers consider trying to trade for Newton? Let’s dive in and take a closer look.