Ron Rivera on Cam Newton: Nothing is off the table

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The Washington Football Team’s brain trust addressed the team’s quarterback situation in depth Wednesday. Ron Rivera, Martin Mayhew and Marty Hurney appear ready to turn over every stone to find their quarterback of the present and/or their quarterback of the future.

Near the end of the interview session, Rivera was asked about the possibility of signing Cam Newton.

Rivera did not pull a Jon Gruden and blatantly tamper with a player under contract with another team who is soon to be a free agent.

Instead, Rivera’s answer was the expected answer: Washington isn’t closing the door on any option. And why would it?

“I think the biggest thing we can say, guys, is that we’re exploring all of our options,” Rivera said when asked about Newton, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington. “Nothing is off the table. Again, as we go through this, we’re going to do what we believe is best for us.”

Everyone likes connecting dots, but just because a player and/or a coach or G.M. previously were on the same team doesn’t mean any and/or all the parties want a reunion. So maybe the Washington Football Team will have interest in Newton come March 17 . . . but maybe it won’t.

Newton was the first player Rivera drafted as a head coach, and the two spent nine seasons together, including the Super Bowl season of 2015. But Rivera had a chance to sign Newton last offseason and didn’t.

Newton, 31, also didn’t do enough in New England last season to show he’s the best quarterback available. He started 15 games and threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while running for 12 scores.

The Patriots were 7-8 in his starts and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008.

26 responses to “Ron Rivera on Cam Newton: Nothing is off the table

  1. He had a chance last year and didnt want him what did he do this season to change his mind

  2. Alex Smith is the comeback player of the year and they are paying him 20 mill per for the next two years…don’t they already have their quarterback then??

  3. Everyone keeps saying, “he had a chance last year to sign him” and yeah he did, BUT at that time Ron wanted to see if Haskins was the answer, in hindsight i think he’d sign him

  4. Shouldn’t the word tampering be reserved for a highly sought after, or valuable commodity? Not necessarily someone like Cam Newton or Richard Sherman. Those are more along the lines of players who are desperate to find a suitor. No tampering necessary.

  5. Lets get real. Cam Newton threw more one hoppers than any MLB infielder. Cam is either hurt or done. Put a fork in him hes done.

  6. No doubt that the Patriots had a horrible season,but the roster wasn’t so bad that a receiver couldn’t catch a pass had it been thrown in the air and not straight into the ground. Newton was awful. Whatever the reason,BB has to cut him loose if he wants to start fixing this team. WFT can have him. If he brings him back,then he obviously doesn’t want to win.

  7. I don’t see this. Rivera could have signed Cam last season but opted for Kyle Allen. Why would he want Allen over Newton? I see now why (Rivera knew better than anyone that Newton was finished). It is likely that DS forced Rivera to start Haskins and Newton did not want to sign there without a chance for a competition, but Newton was not signed until almost September. Whether there was not interest or he wanted to start/be able to compete, the tape was not great. Newton looked horrifying this year. He cannot throw the ball deep, short, or medium. He is not as quick as he used to be. I really can’t see him even as a backup. Now I may be selling him short, and he could definitely resurface as a backup but he probably won’t be in any sort of spot to win the #1 job. My guess is WSH drafts a QB.

  8. ariani1985 says:
    February 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    In all fairness to Cam, NE probably has the worst roster in the league.

    Not true, they had a top 10 defense. Their offense lacked skill at WR & TE but I don’t know how good players like Meyers, Byrd, and Edelman would be with a legit QB! Cam is the reason they looked horrible. They had a run heavy game plan, but how can a QB throw 8 TDs in 15 starts in the NFL in 2021. That is beyond horrible. The TE were mostly rookies, and that position is almost as hard as QB to make the jump from college. The offense may not be in the top half of the NFL but judging the WR off 2021, is not fair because Cam/Stid/Hoyer were all horrible.

  9. In all fairness to Cam, NE probably has the worst roster in the league.

    This is especially true with Newton on the roster

  10. ariani1985 says:
    February 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
    In all fairness to Cam, NE probably has the worst roster in the league.

    Really, “NE probably has the worst roster in the league”, yet they finished 7-9, with a better record than 11 other NFL teams.

    In all fairness to the whole Patriots organization if Cam Newton would have had a decent year they likely would have won 9 games without any other changes to the roster. Unfortunately he had a horrible year.
    Unless Cam played the year with an extraordinarily severe injury that the league wasn’t aware of, I can’t see any team signing him as their potential starter. And I can’t imagine Rivera signing him for any reason.

  11. He chose not to because it “seemed like” they already had something to work with in Haskins, only a year into the league, as well as Alex Smith should things go south with Haskins…which, they did. A good option would be to find a decent QB prospect mid round and bolster up the defense more in earlier rounds. Let Smith show the rookie QB how it’s done. It already is paying dividends this upcoming Sunday for KC.

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    Ron Rivera on Cam Newton: Nothing is off the table
    Posted by Charean Williams on February 3, 2021, 8:48 PM EST
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    The Washington Football Team’s brain trust addressed the team’s quarterback situation in depth Wednesday. Ron Rivera, Martin Mayhew and Marty Hurney appear ready to turn over every stone to find their quarterback of the present and/or their quarterback of the future.

    Near the end of the interview session, Rivera was asked about the possibility of signing Cam Newton.

    Rivera did not pull a Jon Gruden and blatantly tamper with a player under contract with another team who is soon to be a free agent.

    Instead, Rivera’s answer was the expected answer: Washington isn’t closing the door on any option. And why would it?

    “I think the biggest thing we can say, guys, is that we’re exploring all of our options,” Rivera said when asked about Newton, via Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington. “Nothing is off the table. Again, as we go through this, we’re going to do what we believe is best for us.”

    Everyone likes connecting dots, but just because a player and/or a coach or G.M. previously were on the same team doesn’t mean any and/or all the parties want a reunion. So maybe the Washington Football Team will have interest in Newton come March 17 . . . but maybe it won’t.

    Newton was the first player Rivera drafted as a head coach, and the two spent nine seasons together, including the Super Bowl season of 2015. But Rivera had a chance to sign Newton last offseason and didn’t.

    Newton, 31, also didn’t do enough in New England last season to show he’s the best quarterback available. He started 15 games and threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while running for 12 scores.

    The Patriots were 7-8 in his starts and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008.
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    2 responses to “Ron Rivera on Cam Newton: Nothing is off the table”

    Ryan Dubose says:
    February 3, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    ariani1985 says:
    February 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    In all fairness to Cam, NE probably has the worst roster in the league.

    ______________________________________

    Cam’s passing was terrible and the team still went 7-9. Not the worst roster in the league.

  13. Not sure if cam has anything left, but i am not gonna judge him based on that mess in NE. Brady was smart to jump ship when he did. Turns out having the greatest QB of all time does help a team win. Who knew? …

  14. I’ll pass. Did Rivera watch him play last year ?

    Kyle Allen give us a better chance than he does.

  15. I know Cam isn’t popular around here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was back in NE. It benefits him and the team to return with the experience he’s gained. Players don’t learn a new offense instantly, and there was no training camp. It’s easy to criticize, but no one is gonna step into Brady’s shoes in NE and perform the same way.

    Just like Brady didn’t walk into Tampa and have the Buc’s offense mastered. But we’ve all seen what’s happened as he’s become more comfortable with it.

  16. The rest of the NFC East is hoping with glee that Washington signs Cam, heck give him a multi-year contract.

  17. dangguy says:
    February 3, 2021 at 10:49 pm
    Lets get real. Cam Newton threw more one hoppers than any MLB infielder. Cam is either hurt or done. Put a fork in him hes done.

    Best comment of the day.

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