No self-respecting NFL team should trade for a washed-up QB like Cam Newton. Luckily for the Panthers, someone will be dumb enough to do it.
Rumors have been flying around about Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers. Will the Panthers want a healthy Newton back, or is it time to cut him loose?
With a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator coming to town, the writing is on the wall. It’s time for Cam Newton to move on.
Maybe if Newton was still in his prime and healthy, Matt Rhule keeps him. But as is? Not a chance.
Factor in his likely desire for a new extension with guaranteed money, and the future becomes crystal clear. Newton’s donned a Panthers jersey for the last time.
It makes sense for the Panthers to attempt a trade. Newton is under contract for another year, and at $19 million, he’s a steal if he shows up healthy.
When Newton was healthy, he guided the team to three division titles, four playoff berths in eight seasons, and a trip to the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, his most significant accomplishments all came on the individual level. Playing in the Super Bowl is a big deal, but since they lost – and he had a terrible game – it’s less impressive than his MVP award. And those division titles? One came with a losing record.
So, in Newton, potential trade partners will have a talented, physically-gifted-but-injury-prone quarterback whose style of play is not conducive to long-term sustainability. Nor has it produced much success for the team.
There are plenty of reasons for NFL teams not to trade for Cam Newton, but it only takes one delusional executive to create a market – and two to spark a bidding war.
That makes the likely suspects the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers.
Two years ago, the Bears looked like a potential contender with their stifling defense and an efficient offense led by Mitchell Trubisky. But rather than continue to develop in his third season, Trubisky appeared to regress—a lot.
The Bears spent a ton of draft capital on Trubisky, which makes it unlikely they give up on him. But the Bears don’t want to waste a championship-caliber defense if they can help it.
Like the Bears, the Chargers looked like contenders two years ago with an offense and defense ranked inside the top ten (in scoring).
This season was a different story, and it was mostly Philip Rivers’ fault.
Should the Chargers decide to move on, they might roll the dice on Newton.
But that gamble won’t pay off. Face it: Newton is done.
His value was in the run game; those injury-rattled legs don’t have many quality rushes left in them. As a passer? He’s never been very good; his career completion percentage is just 59.6%.
What success he had was dependent on defenses fearing the run. Without the running threat to draw defenders in and loosen coverages up, Newton is a sub-par quarterback that should never get another NFL start.