Cam Newton remains without a new team and he may have to wait until after the draft to find a home. Plenty of teams should have interest in the former MVP so long as the price is right.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette recently publicly declared his opinion that his team should sign Newton. The former top-5 pick said that it was no disrespect to current QB Gardner Minshew.
Two teams are currently ahead of the Jaguars as the favorite to sign Newton, per Fan Duel.
|Los Angeles Chargers||+200|
|New England Patriots||+550|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+1300|
Jacksonville’s odds have remained the same since early April. The Chargers remain the favorites for Newton’s services.
The Panthers attempted to shop the QB to Chargers (among other teams), prior to releasing him. However, at that time, his $19 million salary for next season didn’t make the sense for the club. As a free agent—and likely a lesser salary—Los Angeles has more interest.
No team stands to gain more from signing Newton. Washington projects to win over two more games with the QB on the roster vs. their current options.
Newton’s prolonged unemployment has been a product of many factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken away the ability to have NFL medical teams evaluate him.
“It’s so much possibility for me right now, but the fact that this corona situation has hit, I’m not a person to blame or do any of that things, man, it’s business,” Newton told Chris Paul on Instagram Live (h/t Pro Football Talk). “But at the same time, I think I have been affected in a lot of ways, and it’s just [unfortunate], but yeah, at the end of the day, man, I’m going to let the ball play how it play, man, and go from there.”
Newton would have still helped the Panthers win games next season, with the franchise projected to win one less game without Newton compared to what they would have with the former MVP on the squad.
Newton struggled with injuries over the past two seasons. Foot surgery limited him to just two games played in 2019 and he wasn’t sharp in those contests, compiling zero touchdowns and one interception while completing 56.2 percent of his passes.
It’s been a while since Newton, who will turn 31 in May, has been in MVP form. He won the award back in 2015 during a 15-1 run that saw the team make the Super Bowl. He had some success in 2017, leading the team to the playoffs, though his 59.1% completion percentage that season left much to be desired.