Cam Newton is in a tough spot that turns into trickier each time a free-agent quarterback like Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton indicators a new contract and takes away a potential job. Yetthe former Panthers passer apparently has little curiosity in a backup function just like the one Winston took in New Orleans or the scenarioDalton accepted in Dallas.
Newton, a free agent at age 30 who isstill recovering from theLisfranc damage that derailed his remaining season in Carolina, seems prepared to attend for a likelihood to proceed his profession as a starter although no such alternative at present exists.
According to The Athletic, there is “no way” Newton will sign to be a team’s backup quarterback. Instead, he will “continue to rehab and wait for travel restrictions to life so teams can examine him.” The worst-case state of affairs offered in The Athletic’s report: Newton “waits until a starter gets hurt.”
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Technically, that is not the worst-case state of affairs for Newton. As SN’s Vinnie Iyerrecently identified, Newton might merely stay out of the league for the complete 2020 season.
In phrases of groups that in idea might provide Newton a likelihood to start out in 2020, the Patriots high the checklist. New England isentering the season with Jarrett Stidham and his 4 profession move makes an attempt as its presumed starter within the wake of Tom Brady’s departure for Tampa Bay.
Yes, Bill Belichick might be ready for a likelihood to get Newton cleared by New England’s medical employees earlier than consideringan various at quarterback. But at this level, if Belichick wished Newton to play for the Patriots, Newton would already be a Patriot.
The Jaguars observe the Patriots on thelist of potential suitors for Newton as a starter, but as Iyer writes, “they just got out of the Nick Folesmess and should do their due diligence onGardner Minshew to figure out whether they need to select a QB high in the 2021 draft, where, as a rebuilding team, they have the best shot at Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.” And the Broncos? “Their decision to load up on more offensive skill players suggests they’re all in to liftDrew Lock.”
The Bears, Redskins or Raiders? Nope (already traded for Foles), nope (already traded for Kyle Allen) and nope (already signed Marcus Mariota).
So Newton ready for an unlucky damage to a beginning quarterback or a stunning, Andrew Luck-likeretirement could be his most well-liked possibility, but it additionally could be his solely possibility.
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More than something, unhealthy timing has been a thorn in Newton’s aspect. The Panthers dragged their ft on what had turn out to be an inevitable transfer and did not launch Newton till March 24, a week after that they had agreed to phrases on a free-agency contract with Teddy Bridgewater.
Even worse for Newton as it pertains to the timing, although, havebeencoronavirus-related restrictions on journey and medical exams. Teams merely are scared to sign him with out with the ability to clear him themselves. (Whether they really needs to be so scared is a completely different subject.)
Those components are out of Newton’s management, so his continued concentrate on his rehab relatively than his subsequent taking part in rolemakes sense. And we won’t blame Newton,who has beenexalted for all of his quarterbacking life till now, for rejecting the concept that he is all of a sudden not adequate to start out.