Rightly or wrongly, Cam Newton is now a free agent for the first time in his NFL career. But while the Carolina Panthers may not have seen fit to bring him back, it’s unlikely he spends 2020 without a team.
The timing with which the Panthers cut Cam was pretty harsh. In the week leading up to the cut, multiple teams signed starting QBs – the Bucs, the Colts, and the Titans all come to mind. Luckily for Cam, several teams either still need a starting quarterback, or could use an experienced signal caller to give the QBs room a boost.
However, a lot could really depend on what kind of role Cam wants to have with his next team. If he demands to be the starter right out the gate, his options will be limited. But if he’s willing to battle for a starting job – or even ride the bench for a little while – he’ll find no shortage of options.
Here are a few of the best potential landing spots for Cam Newton:
1. Denver Broncos
Let’s face it: John Elway has always been fond of bringing in quarterbacks that remind him of himself: Big, strong-armed, and a fit for almost any offense. As much faith as Elway and head coach Vic Fangio may have in Drew Lock, it probably wouldn’t hurt to bring in a veteran player who has the added dimension of being a running threat.
It certainly helps that Mike Shula – the Panthers offensive coordinator in 2015 when Cam won the MVP – is now the Broncos QBs coach.
2. Buffalo Bills
When Sean McDermott left the Carolina Panthers in 2017 to become the Buffalo head coach, he brought a number of Panthers offensive staffers with him. Some of those coaches, like Ken Dorsey, helped oversee Cam’s MVP season.
But with the team already committed to Josh Allen and boasting a serviceable backup in Matt Barkley, Cam would be a tough sell – even for Bills GM and former Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Having rid themselves of the Nick Foles contract, the Jaguars now have some money to get Gardner Minshew some quality competition. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone probably needs at least a winning record in 2020 in order keep his job. So what better way to hedge his bets on Minshew than with a QB who boasts plenty of big-game experience?
Cam Newton has been overcoming hurdles all throughout his NFL career. But getting a starting role with a new team as a soon-to-be 31-year-old may be one of the toughest battles he’s faced.
Where will Cam Newton sign in 2020?