Report: Cam Newton open to backup job

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Cam Newton remains the most prominent unsigned quarterback in the NFL and one of the questions that has been raised about his playing future is whether the one-time league MVP would take a job as a clear backup.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the answer to that question is yes after initial indications he wanted to at least compete for a starting job. That’s not terribly surprising as there aren’t any clear staring opportunities available at the moment and Newton is going to have to show he’s healthy enough to play in order to push his stock back up around the league.

The Jaguars recently said that they were looking at veteran options to match with Gardner Minshew and Andy Dalton’s move to Dallas leaves Newton alone at the top of that list. The Patriots are the oddsmakers’ favorites for signing Newton, but all signs have been that they’re content to roll with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

Newton’s willingness to be a backup could expand the field of options whether or not Jacksonville and New England will be in the running. The complications involved with getting a read on Newton’s health after last year’s foot injury and surgery will remain in place as long as facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that may keep his market from coming together.

54 responses to “Report: Cam Newton open to backup job

  1. His best move is to wait for a broken quarterback……..it will happen.
    What is the rush?

  2. Newton exudes a ‘me first’ attitude. Whether or not that is actually the case, perception is reality. With that, and his health concerns, no one should be shocked if he doesn’t get a job until training camps open, or later.

  3. The NFL is a tough business. 5 years ago he was the league MVP and now he’s in the scrap pile. Things went downhill for Cam after the whole not diving on that fumble in the super bowl. His heart just wasn’t in it. And injuries along with a diminishing skillset piled on. He will start again in the league for sure, but not as anybody’s first choice.

  4. Even putting aside Newton’s different game to the Pats’ style, they have Hoyer as vet cover and two intriguing UDFA project QBs. Don’t know why the media keeps ignoring ever since StiddyJ beat out Hoyer to be Brady’s backup last summer, the Pats have been happy – doing nothing in draft, nor getting another vet except to bring Hoyer back as he’s the ideal backup. Pats aren’t a perennial loser desperate for a quick vet fix, they’re developing their next guy.

  5. Seems like Ravens would be a fit. You could cook up some fun plays where Cam is in shotgun and Lamar touches the ball second.

  6. Packers on line 1 thru 10!
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    no one has line #s on their phones anymore.

  7. “Dallas is in dire need of a starting quarterback.”

    The guys was second in passing last season with 4902 yards, 65.1% completion rate, 8.2 yds/average and 30 TDs with only 11 INTs

    I know you were just trying to be snarky, but all you did was make yourself look foolish

  8. Pats fan, not a Cam fan. But if he can convince Belichick that he won’t be a pain in the ass and is willing to take cheap backup pay, why not. He does have value, just not what he thinks.

  9. why would any team want a qb who refused to jump on a loose ball in the super bowl

  10. The only two things I ever remember about Cam Newton is that he made some cute commercials with kids and failed to fight for a loose fumble in the Super Bowl. That’s basically it.

  11. But is he open to backing up the backup? Because that might be more appropriate here.

  12. I wish the Vikings had enough money to sign him. Sean Mannion is probably the worst backup QB in the NFL and Kirk is bound to get hurt behind our trash O-line.

  13. He should definitely take a 1 year backup job and just get healthy for a whole year. Bank on one last ride of glory after 2021. With this corona lockdown Im anticipating an especially rugged season full of poorly prepared QBs getting lit up. Cam Newton doesnt need anymore getting lit up

  14. Yeah, right. Anyone who believes this primadonna clown’s word is looking for trouble. At best, he’s a street signing to a team that is down to its 3rd QB due to injury during the season and you just bring him in and have him be used a run first QB with simple plays and gameplanning to finish out a season.

    He’s all but done.

  15. This guy somehow has a horrible image. Von Miller ripped his heart out andbate it for dinner during the super bowl. He has not been the same since. I watched one Panthers game last year and it was the game against the buccaneers. He looked horrible oh, his passes were extremely inaccurate and his body language on the sidelines was not one of a leader. I know he was hurt but I just don’t think this guy has got it in him anymore.

  16. Scam Newton doesn’t deserve a starting job in the NFL, so it’s about time he finally realized this himself.

  17. I think it’s possible Cam is done. Nobody wants the clown show and huge attitude so unless his play can counterbalance that, then his chances will be slim.

  18. He has to go to a me first team who wants a clown in the locker room.

  19. If Rivera didn’t want him then who is going to want to sign him? Seriously? He’s injury-prone and on the declining side of his career. He was a running QB who can no longer run and it’s questionable whether he can even throw the ball deep at this point. Why not take a chance with a younger QB who may have some upside? I’m not hating on Cam. It’s just eventually father time gets to everyone eventually. One could wonder why Blake Bortles doesn’t have a job either. These two may need to wait before there are some QB injuries before they get signed. Remember, the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” business.

  20. Loves NFL paychecks and fame, not NFL football. Don’t need guys like him in the league.

  21. He needs to go to a winner though because he will want to run down the sidelines after TDs and take the balls out of his teammates hands so he can gift them to kids. What a classy guy-

  22. I don’t get PFT haha. Fans here think Andy Dalton, a guy who has never won a single playoff game, is better than Cam Newton, a guy who won multiple playoff games and carried his team to a Super Bowl. Stupid outfits aside he’s a great QB and he should be starting somewhere.

  23. What a coincidence, no one wants you a to start. Now get ready for the sticker shock on how little they’re wanting to pay you.

  24. I think the Bears should have went with Cam instead of Foles… That’s still where he’ll probably land once Foles gets hurt.

  25. This really puts the Pittsburgh Steelers into the conversation. People forget they had Michael Vick on their roster at one time too. They will take a flyer on a guy.

  26. “no one has line #s on their phones anymore.”

    You must be the life of the party.

  27. Lets be candid here when it comes to Cam Newton everything has to right in order for him to succeed and that means going to a team that doesn’t have a SUBPAR Defense since he isn’t going to be keeping pace or bringing you back from any deficits.

    In 2015 when the Panthers went to the Superbowl they had a defense that Rank 6th in the league while the passing offense was rank 24th, everything was predicated on him and that offense Running the ball where we saw in the Superbowl when they got behind the Broncos load that box and it was a wrap 24-10

    Worst Record among Active QB’s when Trailing in the 4th Quarter on Comeback/Game -Winning drives Opportunities (min. 10 starts)

    Carson Wentz 4-14

    Ryan Fitzpatrick 13-43-1

    Jameis Winston 9-22

    Cam Newton 17-39-1

  28. Newton had to get a grip eventually.

    Super Bowl season Cam was his career zenith and from that moment on, he still views himself as the same quarterback when he obviously is not.

    Injuries and inaccuracy have plagued him A LOT the last few years.

  29. Is there anyone better than Russell Wilson for him to emulate? No idea how the Seahawks feel about him but I’d like the comfort of a competent backup in place, and Cam needs to learn using his legs to get out of trouble, not run directly at it.

  30. The best part of a being a backup QB is that when you roll into the stadium, you totally get to wear your cool clothes in front of cameras on the way in.

    You can dab & dance on the sideline when the vibe is hype!!! Or just chill & grab the collar of your jersey if its not. Hey, Superman right here, but whatever.

    Really sucks that they don’t interview you after the game when you don’t play. So, you might not need the second set of threads for post-game.

    But the hat, right? Cat always gotta have a hat!

  31. He will always be remembered for not falling on the loose ball…sadly surreal .

  32. I think his best shot is if an injury happens to a starting QB, like Ben R last year. Definitely could see a team picking him up then. Teams like the backup QB to be an invisible insurance policy on the starter. Not sure Cam fits that role.

  33. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    “Dallas is in dire need of a starting quarterback.”

    The guys was second in passing last season with 4902 yards, 65.1% completion rate, 8.2 yds/average and 30 TDs with only 11 INTs

    I know you were just trying to be snarky, but all you did was make yourself look foolish

    What did all those stats lead Dak to? The playoff couch.

  34. Doctor Claw says:
    May 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    Lets be candid here when it comes to Cam Newton everything has to right in order for him to succeed and that means going to a team that doesn’t have a SUBPAR Defense since he isn’t going to be keeping pace or bringing you back from any deficits.

    In 2015 when the Panthers went to the Superbowl they had a defense that Rank 6th in the league while the passing offense was rank 24th, everything was predicated on him and that offense Running the ball where we saw in the Superbowl when they got behind the Broncos load that box and it was a wrap 24-10

    Worst Record among Active QB’s when Trailing in the 4th Quarter on Comeback/Game -Winning drives Opportunities (min. 10 starts)

    Carson Wentz 4-14

    Ryan Fitzpatrick 13-43-1

    Jameis Winston 9-22

    Cam Newton 17-39-1

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    That the same year Cam won MVP?

  35. Ron Jull says:
    May 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm
    Dallas is in dire need of a starting quarterback.
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    They’re good. They picked up Andy. He can hand the ball to Zeke just as good as anybody in the NFL.

  36. Ran a high school offense his entire time in the league. He should thank CMac for extending his career the past three seasons as he dinked and dunked Down the field with him. He never really improved as a passer or understanding route concepts and reading defenses. Now nobody wants him because he doesn’t fit into a conventional nfl offense. Teams aren’t going to change their offense to suit his needs if the starter goes down. Not to mention, would he support and tow the team line and support the starter? I can see him throwing a fit trying to get into a game if the starter is struggling. Cam is the result of being coddled and enabled his entire life and now for the first time ever, teams have stopped and he’s slowly realizing it. It takes a big throat to swallow your pride to take a back seat to another guy, especially if you feel you are better. In that case, you be quiet, work hard, support tue starter and if you’re lucky enough to get a shot, make the most of it. Hopefully that will parley into another opportunity.

  37. Pats have no use for him with McDaniel’s offense. He is not accurate enough, quick enough release and ability to read several receivers within a few seconds after the snap. He always been look at one receiver off of play action if he is not open try to run, he is not even decent with a check downs.

  38. Pats fan here. Few things to take from this:

    1. Cam is definitely back up worthy. He just needs the right team, and he also needs to be very smart on the terms of the contract, aka, don’t try to get starter money as a back up.

    2. The Pats DO NOT need Cam. He doesn’t fit the system, nor is he capable to be a mentor to Stidham. Let Hoyer do his veteran thing and show him the book(s).

    3. At this point, if Kapernick comes out of the woodworks (which I am sure most forgot about, but now realized more than ever he will try to come out,) he DEFINITELY has no place in the QB market at this point. The backup QB position is saturated.

  39. “Willing to be a backup” meaning he’s banking on the Patriots knowing that Stidham isn’t the guy. Pats just have to wait to pick last because of their cap situation. And the last man standing just happens to be Newton. Dude has got to be healthy by now. Another problem for Stidham is his WR corp. Not too much to work with for a potential first year starter in New England. Pats are going to be rolling out those 2-3 TE sets quite often.

  40. FoX says:
    May 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm
    “Willing to be a backup” meaning he’s banking on the Patriots knowing that Stidham isn’t the guy. Pats just have to wait to pick last because of their cap situation. And the last man standing just happens to be Newton. Dude has got to be healthy by now. Another problem for Stidham is his WR corp. Not too much to work with for a potential first year starter in New England. Pats are going to be rolling out those 2-3 TE sets quite often.
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    He would take Stidham’s job within the first week that he signed. Problem is, Cam’s personality doesn’t fit in with the Pats. He could never play for Belichick.

  41. does he actually fit anyone system? the problem with these running QBs who are inaccurate is that they have short shelf lives and sooner or later teams figure them out.

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