It’s official, the Carolina Panthers are moving on from the Cam Newton era.
On Tuesday, the longtime Panthers quarterback that has been a household name in Carolina for the past eight years, was released by the club.
Newton surely will not remain a free agent in the NFL for long, as he will very likely be suiting up for a new team this coming season. With Newton now one of the top free agents on the market, which teams are in the running to sign him. Here are three potential landing spots for the veteran quarterback:
1. New England Patriots
This goes without saying. After moving on from nearly two decades of Tom Brady, the New England Patriots are in need of a new quarterback. Every fan in the NFL knows that current backup Jarrett Stidham will not cut it as the Patriots’ starter this season. The team will need more stability and consistency at the helm of the most important position in football. Can Newton is a 30-year-old veteran quarterback in the NFL, and could potentially be the new face of the storied New England Patriots franchise. If I were Bill Belichick, I would take a hard look at Newton’s resume, which includes basically everything except a Super Bowl ring. Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler and former Heisman Trophy winner who, if he can stay healthy, is very capable of destroying opposing defences with his arm and legs. And if there is any team that will help Newton get closer to the elusive Super Bowl ring, it’s Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
2. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are a week removed from signing ex-Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, and still have starter Derek Carr locked into their roster. Even though the Raiders’ management has stated time and time again they will be committing to Carr for the conceivable future, would they really pass up on a quarterback with a rocket of an arm like Cam Newton, who has the potential to be an instant fan favourite in the Raiders’ first year in Las Vegas? The Raiders do still have a fair amount of cap space to work with, and what better quarterback tandem to have on your team other than Newton and Mariota? If the Raiders can find a trade partner for Carr, don’t be surprised to see them give Newton a one or two year deal to make him prove himself as a starter. If he’s successful, the Raiders could be a dangerous team for years to come.
3. Los Angeles Chargers
With 38-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers (who has been with the Chargers organization for his entire 16-year NFL career) heading to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency this year, the Chargers are in need of a new starting quarterback. Head Coach Anthony Lynn seems to think Tyrod Taylor is the man going forward, but Taylor has been very inconsistent in his NFL career. Adding Cam Newton to the lineup, who is a dual threat with throwing and running the ball, would instantly make the Chargers a better team. The Chargers already have very good offensive weapons (Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry, to name a couple), and all that’s missing is someone who is able to fling them the ball. Newton’s notorious cannon of an arm would be a good fit in Los Angeles. Let’s not rule out the fact that, according to sports betting website Sportsline, Newton has the highest odds of going to the Chargers. We will wait and see what Anthony Lynn and Tom Telesco decide to do about their QB situation.
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