Cam Newton remains without a home. The quarterback split from the Carolina Panthers, the only team he’s ever known, earlier this offseason and continues to look for a landing spot.
“I’m a fish out of water. I’ve never not known anything other than the Carolina Panthers, and now it’s like I want God to direct my path and put me in a position where I can thrive and be myself. But on top of that, it’s still [about] becoming better,” Newton said.
Newton, who has a career 182-108 record, made three Pro Bowls during his nine years with the Panthers. The team decided to sign Teddy Bridgewater this offseason and allow the former MVP to find a new club, something that hasn’t happened yet.
He hasn’t made the Pro Bowl since 2015, though he was impressive as recently as 2018. Newton started the season 6-2 before injuries got the best of him. He lost 6 straight starts and missed the final two games of the campaign. He started 2019 0-2 before injuries forced him to the sideline.
Let’s take a look some destinations for Newton along with the odds of him landing in each spot (odds all via Fan Duel):
New England Patriots: +250
The Patriots appear comfortable moving forward with Jarrett Stidham, who was their fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The club also has Brian Hoyer in the fold but neither presents a proven option for Bill Belichick in the post-Tom Brady era.
The Patriots were rumored all offseason to be a suitor for Andy Dalton. The former Cincinnati QB decided to sign with the Cowboys to be Dak Prescott‘s (eventually) backup. Perhaps the Pats will pivot to Newton. More likely, the team will go forward with their options and if things go well, admire Belichick’s ability to get the most out of any QB; if things don’t go well, then the franchise is in position to draft a top prospect in the 2021 draft, such as Trevor Lawrence.
Jacksonville Jaguars: +300
The club seems adamant about giving Gardner Minshew the starting spot and giving him a fair chance at keeping it. Newton seems equally adamant about landing a starting spot. Unless there’s a freak offseason injury to Minshew, it seems unlikely that Newton lands in northern Florida.
Washington Redskins: +300
The Redskins added Newton’s former head coach Ron Rivera and he’s admitted to thinking about the former MVP as an option in Washington. However, ownership wants Dwayne Haskins to win this job and succeed in it. That could keep the club from bringing on Newton more so than any other element, such as the presence of Kyle Allen.
Pittsburgh Steelers: +500
The Steelers make the most sense for Newton as long as he’s willing to take a backup role, at least initially. Ben Roethlisberger isn’t getting any younger or healthier and if an injury forces him to miss most or all of the season again, Newton would be in a great spot to redeem his career and supplant himself in a spot that could be a long-term home.
- Chicago Bears: +1000
- San Francisco 49ers: +1500
- Denver Broncos: +1600
- Las Vegas Raiders: +1600
- Los Angeles Chargers: +2000