What’s next for Cam Newton?

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Quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and the NFL’s 2015 MVP, has become a free agent, 12 days before the first Sunday of the 2021 regular season. He can sign with any time he chooses.

The real question is which team will choose him?

The first team that comes to mind is Washington. That’s where Newton would be reunited with former Panthers coach Ron Rivera and former Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney. Last year, however, Rivera and Washington didn’t make a move for Newton after he became a free agent. But he was injured, and the pandemic complicated efforts to give him a physical or otherwise perform in-person due diligence.

This year, Newton is healthy and ready. Before he was cut, many thought he’d done enough to win the starting job. Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick, backed up by Taylor Heinecke. The hay is presumably in the barn.

Other alternatives become teams where he’d serve as a backup. It would be important for the starter to be extremely secure, given the influence Newton immediately would have in a locker room. Similar to Mike Vick when he became a backup, Newton would find a locker room full of young players who are star struck by his presence. They would want to play with him. It would be critical for the starter to be extremely secure in his role.

The Steelers, where Vick once served as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger, would make sense. Ditto for the Ravens, where Lamar Jackson is entrenched.

Or maybe a team could bring him in with an eye toward letting him compete. Saints coach Sean Payton knows Newton well. What if Newton were to take on the Teddy Bridgewater/Jameis Winston role of recent years — the primary backup to the starter, while Taysom Hill stays in his jack of all trades role?

Cam’s best move could be to wait for someone to get injured and for the phone to ring. Although teams may be inclined to go “next man up” at that point, Cam would become an intriguing option if a starting quarterback is lost to injury.

That said, Newton’s status as unvaccinated makes him less attractive than a vaccinated option. To enhance his chances of getting another job, Newton should seriously consider making a “personal decision” that will improve his professional prospects.

Even then, there’s no immediately clear landing spot.

54 responses to “What’s next for Cam Newton?

  1. The guy is not vaccinated; they will never say but that’s the reason. He only makes 1,5 million per year so BB did not cut him to help the salary cap. He wanted to protect the QB room from having a covid+ player that would make all the QB non available for 1 game. He is a veteran so no waiver; he can go anywhere and will be cheap. But he won’t go anywhere if still unvaccinated. Who would take the risk of infecting the QB room and losing his QB starter for a game and therefore losing the game

  2. I doubt that matters to him. He is getting his $1.5M salary whether he plays or not. Maybe he’d be better off taking the entire year to heal and try his chances next year. He may still have a few good years left in him. Getting healthy should be priority #1.

  3. I think the Patriots lost trust in him after the recent COVID issue. If he were vaccinated and/or had not been put on the COVID list, he would be starting Week 1. They don’t trust his availability and don’t want the constant questions/distractions that would be prevalent if he were Mac Jones’ backup.

  4. No way ron signs him he knows just how bad he is first hand and is why he lost his coaching spot in carolina

  5. Newton might make a good veteran backup for Jets rookie Zach Wilson. Current backup White offers no NFL experience to help mentor Wilson – especially against other AFC East opponents.

  6. There’s no way Belichick was going to let a Vikings type situation unfold during the regular season. It was just a matter of time.

  7. 1st of many cheap unvaccinated vets who will lose their jobs to younger vaccinated players with more upside

  8. Houston is the only team I can think of that he MIGHT be an upgrade. At this point in their careers, he and Tyrod are basically the same player.

  9. Aside from the Cam bashing and the Cam vs Mac talk…….it was clear that Mac Jones ran the Patriots offense much smoother and in the way it was meant to be run. Cam may not of been one hundred percent last year and the talent was not around him, but he simply was not a good fit for the NE offense. I liked him as a human, but as a Patriot he gave me stomach ulcers. Jones will struggle this season for sure, but at least the Patriots offense will be run the way it should be and the talent that is there will be utilized correctly, especially short passes to the flat and screens to the running backs.

  10. Cowboys cut Ben DiNucci and now have just Dak and Garrett Gilbert. I think it might be a good bet that Jerry would be willing to take on Cam as his backup because it seems like a Jerry type player.

  11. I guess I’m the only one that likes Mr. Cam Newton. They guy at least made an effort which I can’t imagine the amount dedication it took. I don’t mind haters. Everyone has an opinion. Keep smiling Cam and be you.

  12. Hes not coming to the Ravens. Tyler Huntley is light years ahead of him. And he’s vaccinated!

  13. His status as “unvaccinated”… but fully recovered from a previous COVID bout (thus making him 75X less likely to transmit the virus to someone as a vaccinated player would!) should in fact make him MORE attractive in the annals of “player safety.”

    that would mean trusting the science instead of the administrators and politicians tho…

  14. Both a vaxed and unvaxed qb can potentially contract the delta version of Wuhan and blow up a game plan. The critical difference is a vaxed individual is doing their part to protect others unlike the unvaxed teacher who infected 24 kids. Selfishness, arrogance, and ignorance have more consequences than a point spread.

  15. Him not being vaxed is about the most appealing thing about him.
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    I often wonder what’s going on in the heads of guys like this? What are you so scared of? Do you think you’re making some sort of stand being stupid and selfish?

  16. Cryptic social media posts about the fire still burning and there’s a hunger to compete inside him is probably what’s next

  17. Any vet picked up prior to week 1 gets his salary guaranteed. After that they can work out a deal so don’t expect any movement until after week 1 pending injury somewhere which is unlikely since no one dares puts on the pads until game time.

  18. Him not being vaxed is about the most appealing thing about him.
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    I often wonder what’s going on in the heads of guys like this? What are you so scared of? Do you think you’re making some sort of stand being stupid and selfish?
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    For the millionth time, he already had COVID. Read the studies at the NIH (Fauci’s organization) that say, quite clearly, natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity. How is that stupid or selfish? Sucks that you can’t take back that shot though doesn’t it?

  19. If he doesn’t get vaccinated, nothing is next for Cam Newton. No coach wants to worry about an unvaccinated player in a key position not being available to play. Period. Full Stop. His refusal to get the shot was why we was cut.

  20. It’s hard to imagine someone not understanding that Belichick demands a team first attitude from his players. Players who put themselves before the team, as Newton did vis a vis the vaccine, aren’t going to be around long. The risk of losing a key starter to COVID is just to big a risk to take.

  21. “Newton would find a locker room full of young players who are star struck by his presence. They would want to play with him. It would be critical for the starter to be extremely secure in his role.”

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    Last off season, Newton got little interest from anyone until New England grabbed him fairly late on a very small contract. He was unimpressive all season long. Why exactly are young players going to be star struck and want to play with him?

    He has backup QB skills at this point and teams probably don’t think he has the makeup to be a backup QB.

  22. stubbornolddog65 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 12:44 pm
    I guess I’m the only one that likes Mr. Cam Newton. They guy at least made an effort which I can’t imagine the amount dedication it took. I don’t mind haters. Everyone has an opinion. Keep smiling Cam and be you.
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    I like him, too. Great attitude. Good outlook on life. Doesn’t cause trouble or care about what people say about him. Seems like a genuinely good dude, but if you cant take a shot for the teams’ well-being. . . you’ve gotta’ go!

  23. Houston Texans should be on the phone with Cam right now. Start Cam, keep Tyrod Taylor as backup, and get realistic about trades for Watson.

  24. drocity says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:49 pm
    Him not being vaxed is about the most appealing thing about him.
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    I often wonder what’s going on in the heads of guys like this? What are you so scared of? Do you think you’re making some sort of stand being stupid and selfish?
    —–
    For the millionth time, he already had COVID. Read the studies at the NIH (Fauci’s organization) that say, quite clearly, natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity. How is that stupid or selfish? Sucks that you can’t take back that shot though doesn’t it?
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    Can you be more specific as to which study are referring to? If you can give me a author name or title, I will read it.

  25. Jason Harshman says:
    August 31, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Cowboys cut Ben DiNucci and now have just Dak and Garrett Gilbert. I think it might be a good bet that Jerry would be willing to take on Cam as his backup because it seems like a Jerry type player.

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    I’m pretty sure that Jerry Jones would want Newton vaccinated before even giving him a thought.

  26. The Colts make the most sense since their promising rookie is out for the year and their #1 QB is still questionable.

  27. JJ412 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 4:07 pm
    drocity says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:49 pm
    Him not being vaxed is about the most appealing thing about him.
    ——
    I often wonder what’s going on in the heads of guys like this? What are you so scared of? Do you think you’re making some sort of stand being stupid and selfish?
    —–
    For the millionth time, he already had COVID. Read the studies at the NIH (Fauci’s organization) that say, quite clearly, natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity. How is that stupid or selfish? Sucks that you can’t take back that shot though doesn’t it?
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    Can you be more specific as to which study are referring to? If you can give me a author name or title, I will read it.
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    It was a joint study by Dr. Scott Atlas, Tucker Carlson, and Q. You know, all of the genuises. They published their findings on Fox news and Facebook rather than The Lancet.

  28. so can you experts explain why he would get a vaccination if he’s already had covid?

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