Cam Newton is officially hitting free agency. After weeks of speculation, the team has officially released the former MVP and No. 1 NFL Draft pick.
Newton’s move is just the latest featuring a superstar quarterback. For both football and non-football reasons, this has already been one of the craziest offseasons in recent history. Tom Brady’s jump to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers highlights things, but that is just one of many significant quarterback moves.
The Carolina Panthers looked like a team with the potential to take a quarterback in the first round. The franchise has elected to go in a more win-now direction, but one that does not involve Newton, who is coming off of two injury-plagued seasons. He played in just two games before being shut down this year.
Carolina signed former New Orleans Saint Teddy Bridgewater last week, signaling the end for Newton in Charlotte. The team tried to trade him, but were unsuccessful in doing so. Just yesterday, Newton had a physical in Atlanta, which deemed him healthy and recovered from the shoulder and foot ailments that he was dealing with. As a free agent, Jason La Canfora thinks a pair of teams out West should “be all over” bringing him in: the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
The team that ends up signing Cam Newton will not regret it. The Raiders and Chargers should be all over it. The Bears should have been at the top of this list, but they already Folesed their way out of it
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 24, 2020
Both teams were connected to the Brady sweepstakes. Neither made a big move at the position over the last week.
The Chargers let Philip Rivers walk to the Indianapolis Colts, and have Tyrod Taylor as QB1 for the time being. Cam Newton would likely be a nice upgrade there. The Raiders still have Derek Carr, who is decent if unspectacular.
The Washington Redskins are the team that have the best odds to add Newton. Peter King believes Newton could have a reunion with longtime Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. That would obviously be a blow to second-year QB Dwayne Haskins, but we’ve started to see teams be more aggressive when rookie quarterbacks don’t come along super quickly.