Should Cam Newton take a backup job or wait?

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News emerged last week that free-agent quarterback Cam Newton is willing to be a No. 2 quarterback on someone’s depth chart. The immediate reaction, for me, was this: Why?

Newton, if healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Although no starting job currently is available, a starting job could be, if/when a starter gets injured — and when Newton is truly healthy, which no team can confirm due to the rules of the pandemic.

By taking a backup job before the season starts, Newton puts all his eggs in the basket of one starter getting injured. If he waits, the chances of someone, somewhere getting injured results in a higher likelihood that the call will come.

There are other wrinkles and issues and talking points that emerge from Newton’s apparent willingness to take a backup job. Simms and I, in a segment of PFTOT that ostensibly was going to last only five minutes, ulimtately spent 20 minutes hashing it out from every angle.

Check it out in the attached video. And share your thoughts on what Newton should do and/or where he’d fit without unduly threatening the starter.

28 responses to “Should Cam Newton take a backup job or wait?

  1. “One of the best quarterbacks in the league”…..Florio, even for you, cmon man

  2. By taking a backup job before the season starts, Newton puts all his eggs in the basket of one starter getting injured – but most likely more money…
    If he waits, the chances of someone, somewhere getting injured results in a higher likelihood that the call will come..but the team will be really close to salary cap and unable to pay a lot of money…

  3. If you want a narcissistic headcase in your QB room who’s more circus performer than QB; go right ahead!

  4. I would wait. Never know if Mahomes, Rodgers, Big ben, Lamar or Kyler Murray gets injured or “test postivtive” for the virus and out for a while?

  5. Newton, if healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
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    Are you serious? He’s only had a TD to INT ratio of 2 to 1 or better ONCE in his entire career(2015), that isn’t one of the best QBs in the league in this day and age it’s maybe 2/3 of the way down the list, the top QBs are regularly at 3 or 4 to 1 now days!

    Anyhow thatnks for the laugh, I needed it!

  6. I actually agree that he should not take a backup QB slot that isn’t designed to allow him to compete for starting position. Not right now. Stay ready, keep working out to show your healthy and be patient. He is a top 32 QB, which gets you starter $$ in the NFL.

  7. Cam in his prime would be a no brainer signing. Cam now… well, there were reasons he’s unemployed now.

    Frankly, I think his career started coming off the rails when he visibly pulled back from going after a fumble in the Super Bowl.

  8. This assumes say week 9, that Newton is a better option than the back-up currently on the roster.
    The current back up knows the playbook and players. Newton knows how to dress well.

    How long does it take Cam to fit in?

  9. Yeah when healthy he’s one of the best. The problem is that he hasn’t been healthy for years.

  10. One of the best in the league, seriously? He’s the worst quarterback in his own (former) division.

  11. Newton, if healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
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    No he’s not.

  12. He’s not one of the best, but he’s in the top 32. Wait until someone gets injured (or is out for months with coronavirus) and sign.

  13. No one will know how healthy he is until he plays in a live game. Last season he and the Panthers swore up and down that he was healthy week 1.

  14. with his time off he should answer to his two cheating charges that he avoided by fleeing his first school. Once he has regained a modicum of honor, then he should read the tea leaves and understand he is unwanted as a starter. He should suck it up, work his way back, and show that he is (1) an ethical player – he has demonstrated dirty play toward others in the past (2) he is willing to dive on a fumbled football and (3) that he is more than a flash in the pan player who feasted off beating teams with losing records in 13 games when he magically looked competent in his Snoopy Bowl years.

    Otherwise, I hope he never plays again.

  15. Career completion rate is sub-60%

    Career TD:INT is quite a bit worse than 2:1

    Career QB rating is 86

    NOT “one of the best quarterbacks in the league.”

    Now, he may have been one of the best RUNNERS in the league. But he just turned 31, and he’s been injured A LOT, and it’s all downhill from here. Now he has to rely on his below-average QB abilities, which will be even worse now that the threat of running is massively diminished.

    He’s well along the road to being washed up.

  16. u4iadman says:
    May 12, 2020 at 12:45 am

    Wait. Brady will go down.
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    When was the last time Brady missed a game?

    Cam is more likely to get injured putting on an outfit than Brady is playing in a game.

  17. Florio is guilty of what a lot of “fans” do here. They think they remember things, when in fact, the truth lies elsewhere. Newton WAS one of the best QB’s in the league, for 1 season. And that was 5 years ago.

    Averaging 3,400 yards, 22 TD’s, and 15 int’s does not make you one of the best. Or has he been hurt for 4 straight seasons? And if that’s your argument, why in the world would you sign him?

  18. Newton, if healthy, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

    Hardly. Besides, if healthy is a big if. He only played two games last year and the year before he couldn’t throw the ball farther than twenty yards downfield for most of the year. Plus, he turned 31 yesterday. All those injuries and father time take their toll. Besides, how many games would he last? It’s hard to imagine him being able to stay healthy for a full season now. Besides, he only threw for over 250 yards per game once in his career and that was his rookie season. Even with his rushing stats this hardly makes him one of the best QBs in the game, especially now.

  19. After watching how Green Bay handled the draft, I’m surprised they haven’t already signed Cam too. I’m sure there’s a few bucks available for free agent signings. Might as well grab a QB – they certainly don’t have any other more pressing needs.

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