There is no question that Cam Newton made a huge impact on the field the moment he stepped into an NFL stadium. After a successful season at Auburn that ended in a 2010 National Championship and Heisman Trophy, the Carolina Panthers selected Newton first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and the rest is history. From there on, he made the […]
There is no question that Cam Newton made a huge impact on the field the moment he stepped into an NFL stadium. After a successful season at Auburn that ended in a 2010 National Championship and Heisman Trophy, the Carolina Panthers selected Newton first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and the rest is history.
From there on, he made the Panthers fun to watch. His 4,051 passing yards is the most by a rookie quarterback and not only was he a threat in the air but on the ground also with his 706 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, which are most by a rookie quarterback.
It only went up from there as he continued to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, which included a 2015 MVP season where he had 3,837 passing yards, 35 passing and 10 rushing touchdowns, on route to a Super Bowl appearance.
Towards the tail end of the 2018 and beginning of the 2019 season, injuries started to take a toll which resulted in the team placing him on IR and going in a new direction with Kyle Allen under center and in his own right, as he has been solid for the team.
So the question now stands. Will he end up seeing Newton playing under center for a new team come 2020. There have been rumors that the team might trade or release him at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Will it happen? The team has been quiet as of late so we may not know for a while. Still, it doesn’t mean we can make some predictions and scenarios on where he’ll end up.
Plenty of teams need a QB and the three-time Pro Bowler I think still has good value and at 30 (turns 31 during the offseason), he still has some years left.
I made a list of eight teams that I can see Newton playing, from least likely to most likely. Here are the teams I came up with and why.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton isn’t the answer. He was drafted the same year as Newton and has not had the same success. The team benched Dalton in favor of 2019 fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley. It is early in the season but he may not be the answer either. The Bengals are now 0-10 on the season and will likely end up with the number one pick and in a deep quarterback, they may select someone like Joe Burrow or Justin Herbert. Still, if the team wants to go the veteran route, Newton wouldn’t be a bad option but would likely go younger as the team starts their rebuild.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Not a lot of talk with the Steelers but this one makes sense. Ben Roethlisberger is 37 and after ending the season on IR, he may end up hanging up the cleats sooner than later. Pittsburgh still has talent across the board and Newton would be a huge upgrade over Mason Rudolph, who at times looks solid but may not be the long-term answer.
6. Carolina Panthers
Hey, there is a chance he returns to Carolina. Like I said, Newton has been a star in Carolina and is loved by fans. He still has a lot left in the tank and after a string of recent losses, the team would likely want to keep their guy here.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamies Winston clearly is not the answer in Tampa Bay as he is a constant turnover machine and has not led the team to a playoff appearance. Despite the inconsistency at quarterback, Mike Evans continues to be one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. In his first five seasons, Evans has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards every season and looks to eclipse that mark once again in his sixth season. The starter alongside Evans in Chris Godwin has slowly developed into a solid receiver in the league also, likely eclipsing the 1,000 mark for the first time in his young career.
The Buccaneers need help across the board outside of wide receiver and QB tops the list. Why not go after a stable QB and use the draft to add some young talent in other positions. A few seasons with Newton throwing to Evans and Godwin, that would be a lot of fun and gives Newton his best receiving options in my opinion for the first time in his career.
The one problem, Tampa Bay is in the same division as Carolina and I doubt Carolina wants to trade with a division rival, especially involving a star QB in Newton. A free agent signing would likely happen if Tampa Bay wants to grab him.
4. Denver Broncos
Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco. Since Peyton Manning, general manager John Elway has swung and missed multiple times at the quarterback position since Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win. Would Elway take another risk in trying to trade for Newton? Perhaps, as history has shown that Elway would trade for a veteran QB.
Newton to me is way better than the guys listed above and would be a solid option for the Broncos starting QB. They already have a rookie in Drew Lock waiting for his chance but is currently on IR. Say they trade for Newton, he could help the team right away while grooming Lock to be the franchise QB down the line.
3. Los Angeles Chargers
It is very clear that Philip Rivers’ time in Los Angeles (or San Diego for the hardcore fans) is closely coming to an end. Rivers has struggled this season and as he turns 38 at the conclusion of the 2019 season, they need to move in a new direction.
They very well could draft a new quarterback heading into the 2020 draft but why not trade for a solid veteran and have him form a dynamic offense with Melvin Gordon (assuming he stays), Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry. The Chargers can still be competitive and adding Newton would definitely help that.
2. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota clearly isn’t the long-term answer in Nashville and after being benched for Ryan Tannehill, it is clear that they are going in a new direction. Tannehill is also not the answer and I think Newton joining Tennessee would be a good fit.
The Titans already have a solid roster from top to bottom but they need a solid and consistent QB. They could find someone in the draft but who knows how long it would take for them to develop. Trading for (or signing) a guy like Newton would definitely bring consistently to that offense, along with their solid defense.
1. Chicago Bears
Chicago and Newton would be the perfect fit in my opinion and tops the other previous options. Mitch Trubisky has shown that he isn’t the guy as he continues to struggle this season. The Bears already have a great defense and some solid offensive weapons. Having a guy like Newton would only improve the offense. Plus, he has expressed that he would be interested in a trade to Chicago.