Once upon a time, Cam Newton was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. The former NFL MVP led the Carolina Panthers with a random assortment of receivers to heights that they have not even sniffed in several years. Fast forward to 2022, and we might have seen the last of Newton in the NFL.
Last year, in efforts to change their fortunes and sell tickets, the Carolina Panthers decided to sign Newton to a one-year deal midway through the season and things didn’t go as well as fans dreamed it would. Especially with the Carolina Panthers trading for Baker Mayfield not too long ago, it does ask the question “Where does Cam Newton go this season”? There may be three teams that may want to utilize Newton’s services in the upcoming season
Let’s start with the team who traded Mayfield to the Panthers. Fans have public knowledge of the fact that Deshaun Watson, the quarterback that Cleveland traded the farm for and made the highest paid QB in NFL history, will more than likely be suspended for an undisclosed period.
Currently, the starting quarterback if Watson is suspended will be Jacoby Brissett, a capable but unremarkable spot starter. Maybe the Browns should give Cam a call. Even though Newton is not the passer he once was, the Browns relied heavily on a run-based attack that should benefit him. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Cam Newton could strike fear in the eyes of opposing defenses with a quality running threat. A caveat here: Cleveland’s Week 1 opponent, Cam Newton’s former team, the Carolina Panthers, so take that little nugget as you may.
From Russell Wilson to a QB room with Geno Smith/Drew Lock. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Unless Seattle and coach Pete Carroll are tanking specifically to acquire either Bryce Young or CJ Stroud, there is no way you are excited about the current iteration of the Seahawks. Before Baker Mayfield was the talk of trades in Seattle, there were rumors that Newton could end up in Seattle but nothing came from it. Maybe, since Baker has signed with Carolina, talks may resume.
With the Seahawks, Newton has the best odds to compete for a starting role but due to coach Pete Carroll’s confidence in Drew Lock, that may hinder plans a little bit. With Newton on the Seahawks, it gives the 12th Man hope for at least a passable season, and seeing the division that Seattle is in, hope is needed. If things don’t work out, expect Seattle to set their sights on Stroud or Young in the 2023 NFL Draft.
This situation may not be the best for Cam but this fits into what he has said in previous interviews in which he is fine with being a backup for a team with ambition. Chicago is the furthest thing from ambition, even though the only bright spot is their second year quarterback Justin Fields. Newton going to Chicago would be more as the veteran mentor to Fields than anything.
One can say, if Carolina took a chance and drafted Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft instead of trading for Sam Darnold, things may be different in Charlotte. Chicago may be looking to go on a rebuild due to the lack of talent and a new regime, so they might want to sign Cam to a one-year deal as an emergency backup in case Fields wounds up injured
Let us know in the comments below where you think Cam Newton will play in 2022?
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Lyle B Dunn jr says:
July 15, 2022 at 7:06 pm
Brian Carothers says:
July 16, 2022 at 2:06 pm
He can go hangout with Kapernick and scream racism
I would take Cam Newton for that third-and-long anytime if Cam happy, he will make the play if you make him unhappy he’ll fold use him in the wildcat position and keep him loose keep him active
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