‘Cam Newton had a physical in Atlanta yesterday coordinated by the Panthers and his agency team, per sources. Newton passed the physical and is healthy, per source, with both his shoulder and foot “checking out well and he is hungrier than ever and eager for the next opportunity”’. – Adam Schefter
After the being released by the Carolina Panthers, former Most Valuable Player Cam Newton is left without a team. What team can sign the superstar?
He was released by the Panthers due to injury issues for the past two seasons. Before the injuries, Newton was one of the best players in the entire league. His efforts even got him the MVP award in 2015. In the same year, he managed to lead the Panthers to a Super Bowl berth where they fell to the Denver Broncos.
The Panthers were actually looking for possible trades before releasing him. The team did not find a valid trade partner so they made the hard decision to release him so that he can have the freedom to choose where he will go.
Unfortunately, Newton has not taken the news in stride. He felt that he was betrayed by the Panthers by releasing him. He thinks that the Panthers lost trust in him and are not valuing him enough.
It was surely a difficult decision for the Panthers to release one of the best players in their franchise’s history. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has addressed the hard decision made. He said, ‘Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts’.
Of course, if a former MVP is on the free agency market, teams are sure to come knocking on Newton’s door. The most prominent team that is linked to Newton is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars just traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears and it has left a massive hole in the quarterback position. They are reportedly ready to use second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew. But it is not difficult to choose between an unproven second-year player and a former MVP that is in his physical prime. It will be interesting to see because the Jaguars have rated Minshew very highly and might give him the keys to the Jaguars’ offence.
Another team that has been linked to Newton is the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers currently have Tyrod Taylor holding the quarterback position. This is a good destination for Newton because he will surely usurp Taylor as the team’s quarterback.
The big issue in signing with the Chargers is that the team has the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They will have the opportunity to draft the best quarterback prospect. Justin Herbert or Jordan Love can fall to them at the sixth spot. Another thing that they can do is package the sixth overall pick with a player to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa who is the best quarterback prospect this year.
Lastly, there have been rumblings of Newton going to the New England Patriots. This is interesting because the legendary Tom Brady has left his team of two decades. This is the first time that the Patriots are looking for another quarterback to lead their offence. Similar to Brady, Newton can make a massive difference in Bill Belichick’s system. Even though he has been injured, his ability to make plays happen is still one of the best in the league.