Former league MVP Cam Newton is now available and looking for work.
Earlier this week, the Patriots named rookie QB Mac Jones as their starter and dumped Newton in the process. And while his debut season with New England in 2020 wasn’t exactly show-stopping, the 32-year-old quarterback certainly still has some value left as a veteran backup or even starting option.
Houston has already been rumored as a potential landing spot for Newton. When asked about the idea of bringing in the former No. 1 overall pick, Texans general manager Nick Caserio didn’t give a definitive answer — but he also didn’t rule out the possibility.
“We’re always going to look at what’s out there, alternative-wise,” Caserio said, per Sports Illustrated. “If there’s a player that we feel can make sense for our team, we’ll consider it.”
As of right now, veteran Tyrod Taylor and rookie Davis Mills are the two active QB options on the Texans’ roster. Amidst his ongoing sexual assault investigation involving allegations from more than 20 women, it’s undetermined when/if former QB1 Deshaun Watson will be able to take the field.
Throughout the preseason, Mills, the team’s 2021 third-round pick, has shown some serious growing pains as a rookie. In just three appearances, the former Stanford QB threw four interceptions, including three in one game this past weekend.
While Taylor is a seasoned veteran option, a player like Newton with more recent starting experience could be of benefit to the Texans.