Tom Brady isn’t the only big name quarterback on the move this offseason, as Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers has been given permission to seek a trade from the team. The confusing part is Newton claims he never asked for a trade and says he is being forced into it as the team is expected to sign Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year deal. Regardless, now that the cat is out of the bag, it looks like he’ll be taking his, um, interesting sartorial choices to another town next season (when/if next season actually happens, since we’re all currently TRAPPED INSIDE LIKE RATS!!).
Newton was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, made three Pro Bowls and was the 2015 NFL MVP. After Jeff Fox drafted him as his starting quarterback in fantasy football last season, he missed all but two games with a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot (I still came second in my league – suck it). The Panthers made it to the playoffs four times with him under center, going as far as Super Bowl 50 in 2015, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. However, a balky shoulder and the aforementioned foot could make him a tricky player to trade for decent value.
So, with Carolina seemingly out of the picture, we ask the question:
Who Will Cam Newton Play For in 2020?
Washington + 150: If Newton is into racist team names, then Washington could be the home for him. Washington drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round last year, but don’t seem completely sold on him (at least not yet). Plus they’ve since replaced their coach and changed their offense up to the same scheme the Panthers ran the past two years, so Newton could be a good fit here. Hence them being the current betting favorite.
New England +200: Who would have thunk that the Patriots would be in the market for a signal caller, but the unthinkable happened and Brady bolted town. While our NC_Nick isn’t sold on a potential Newton-New England marriage, +200 makes the Patriots the second-most likely landing spot for him, according to the bookies. There are some reasonable reasons why New England would consider him, including the basic fact that he just might be the only decent option out there to allow them to stay competitive.
Miami +250: Hot on the Patriots tail, in betting terms, are the Miami Dolphins at +250. If they don’t use their #5 pick in the upcoming draft on Alabama stud quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (another player with injury red flags), Newton could be their man. There were rumblings about the Dolphins getting Newton a few months ago, and they could heat up again now that he is officially on the market. With a bunch of recent free agent signings, grabbing Newton could put the fish into immediate contention in the AFC East.
These teams are longshots for a reason, but with the numbers this high if you hit on one of them you’ll be laughing to the bank (except you probably shouldn’t go to the bank and stay quarantined instead).
Las Vegas +1600