Earlier today, the Carolina Panthers released Cam Newton. The timing of this move is brutal for the former MVP, as most quarterback-needy teams addressed their issues last week during free agency.
The Chicago Bears were linked to Newton earlier this offseason. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said the Panthers were in trade discussions with the Bears about the former No. 1 overall pick. However, the team in the Windy City ended up trading for Nick Foles.
Robert Mays of The Ringer blasted Chicago for acquiring Foles in a trade instead of waiting to see if Carolina would just dump Newton for nothing.
Glad the Bears nabbed Nick Foles while they could. If they hadn't traded a fourth-round pick for Foles and his $15 million salary, they might have been forced to do something desperate. Like not giving up a draft pick and signing Cam Newton.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) March 24, 2020
While there’s no denying that Newton is the better player when healthy, it’s possible that Chicago didn’t trust his medical history.
It’s also hard to tell if the Bears would want Newton on their roster. The front office has stated multiple times that it believes in Mitchell Trubisky.
Some of the criticism heading Chicago’s way might be warranted, but it’s fair to wonder why no team offered any worthy compensation to Carolina for Newton.