Following an Instagram post that sounded like a goodbye and watch me shine elsewhere message to the Carolina fans and front office.
Cam Newton who was recently put on injured reserve earlier in the week by his current employers in a measure that I believe was designed to silence the questions that were being aimed at head coach Ron Rivera at every press conference. Many pundits, journalists and fans alike seem to feel that this is the end of Cam Newton in Carolina especially with the emergence of Kyle Allen who is 5-1 as a starter and Will Grier who is highly rated but is yet to have significant play time in the NFL. Mistake if you ask me. But it’s not up to me.
The possibility of Cam Newton leaving the Panthers got me thinking of possible landing spots that are looking for a Superman to save their life from the clutches of Mediocre Quarterbacking (the super villain), who can only be stopped by signing Cam Newton. There will be concerns over his fitness yes, but I know there will be suitors willing to pay Cam Newton who is side lined by a foot injury and has had two shoulder surgeries in the last three years, someone will take a chance on him.
With that here are my six most likely landing spots for Cam Newton (in order).
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I know it’s a long shot, but would the Panthers trade Cam Newton to NFC South division rivals? It would shock everybody who is anybody including players in the league if this happens. That said I am sure the Buccaneers will be in the search for a new quarterback come 2020. I was a Jamies Winston fan and I have long sold my ticket for him, talk about a stubborn stain that ruined your favourite shirt. Jamies Winston has had too many opportunities to become the quarterback he should be, but this season he has got worse if that’s even possible. This season, I’ve witnessed the bad in Winston’s game, as he continues to make the same mistakes repeatedly. Winston along with Baker Mayfield lead the league, in interceptions with 12. Over the last four games, Winston has seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions, which is the very definition of inconsistent. Winston’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Buccaneers will likely move forward with their search for a new quarterback, and why not try get Superman to help them.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati looks to have come to an end, his backup will be getting the nod to start a game ahead of him and barring a disastrous game I can’t see Dalton getting his team back. The Bengals should be committed to seeing what Ryan Finley can do for them for the rest of the season and build on that, with a 0-8 record who blames them. Dalton’s season so far has been shambolic to say the least 60.4 completion percentage, 2,252 yards, 9 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and QB rating of 79.2. When released Andy Dalton will save the Bengals $17.7m in cap space and looking at Cam Newton could mean that their first-round pick could be used on strengthening the team elsewhere. Ryan Finley had a bye week to prepare himself to secure the quarterback job but starts against that Ravens defense, if he survives and excels overt the next nine weeks, they could afford to look past Cam Newton, hence I rank them 5th.
4. Cleveland Browns
This team was dubbed a playoff bound team according to many, they were supposed to challenge for a Super Bowl according to some of their own players. I had them making the playoffs too with a 9-7 record, they could still get here all they need to do is win seven of their next eight games. No way they do this, another ticket I returned. Could the Browns bin Baker Mayfield this early in his career? Maybe, if the production numbers stay the same then they could consider moving on from the underwhelming two-year veteran. At this stage of the season Baker Mayfield ranks first in interceptions, thirty-third in completion percentage amongst thirty-three qualified quarterbacks who have played this season, and he ranks thirty-second in passer ratings. Cam Newton in a stacked Browns outfit will bring a different kind of swagger to the team, although he isn’t the leader the Browns could need. He is a player who will improve the team and his cannon of an arm will bring back the smile to Odell Beckham’s face.
3. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota has finally lost his job in his fifth season which was a prove it year, to Ryan Tannehill and that is definitely the end of his tenure in Tennessee. Ryan Tannehill has shown some life and has improved the Titans’ offense and may keep the Titans competitive for the rest of the season, however his contract expires in the offseason and I do not think it should be renewed before the Titans try for Cam Newton. Cam Newton who is a mobile quarterback like Mariota’s, has the ability to scramble for more yardage and this ability could complement the ground attack. It would give defenses a bit of a headache having to prepare for his passing abilities and keep a spy on him to prevent first-down runs in such a scenario, running back Derrick Henry might see less traffic between the tackles, which would bode well for the offense and their play action packages. The Titans should be one of the first teams to knock on the door of the Carolina Panthers.
2. Chicago Bears
A season on from a playoff appearance, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has dropped in form significantly in his second year under coach Nagy. He ranks 31st in quarterback ranking with a touchdown pass in just two of his seven starts so far this season, shocking. He leads the 30th-ranked passing attack, Trubisky hasn’t been able to fully optimize a very talented receiving group. As the world watches Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson continue their development into star playmakers, general manager Ryan Pace must consider a change at quarterback because of Trubisky’s monumental step backward. Cam Newton is a better signal-caller than without a question. His comfort level throwing to a pass-catching running back is a key trait the Bears should think is appealing and he can help Tarik Cohen to be a significant player in the short passing game like he did with Christian McCaffery. Add to that the ability of Cam Newton’s big-arm could produce chunk plays with Robinson, Burton, Miller and Gabriel going downfield. If Trubisky was churning out decent quarterback performances to pair the Bears defense, the team would return to playoff contention, easily. Ryan Pace should take an aggressive approach and offer one of two second-rounders for Newton.
1. Denver Broncos
Another season cut short by injury for Joe Flacco, and another failed quarterback recruit by the legendary John Elway, deja vu right? Right. We have become accustomed to the Broncos failing because they have never recruited a great quarterback (bar Peyton Manning) in the draft or in the market. Cam Newton will present John Elway and his front office team a unique opportunity to give the fans and coaches a proven NFL commodity to try and find a way into the playoffs in the easy AFC. Let’s not forget that the Broncos defensive efforts over the years have been missing a decent offense to shape a good season, the Broncos field a top-10 defense in yards and points allowed, with Cam Newton with the ball in his hand could really change things in Denver. The Denver front office will have a look at two other quarterbacks Brandon Allen first up, for the remainder of the season, but Cam Newton is a need for a team like the Broncos.