Cam Newton Free Agency: Patriots To Sign Former NFL MVP?

Cam Newton Free Agency: Patriots To Sign Former NFL MVP?
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Cam Newton is now a free agent! Will the New England Patriots consider signing him to replace Tom Brady?

The Carolina Panthers finally decided to move on from Cam Newton after nine seasons. Newton, clearly the best player in franchise history, was given permission to seek a trade on March 17th. One week later Newton couldn’t find a new team and the Panthers decided to release him.

Former Vikings and Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will replace Newton after agreeing to a three-year 63 million deal with $30 million guaranteed.

Why Newton Wasn’t Traded

The Panthers didn’t find a suitor for Cam Newton because of his health. Carolina lost 20-14 against Tampa Bay on September 12 and in that game, Newton re-aggravated the foot injury he first suffered during an August 22 preseason contest against New England. That night Newton left near the end of the first quarter and was seen limping to the locker room.

Newton has dealt with many injuries over the last few seasons. He underwent an “arthroscopic procedure” on his right shoulder in January after having another one on a torn rotator cuff in the same shoulder in March 2017.

The 30-year-old signal-caller threw for over 3,000 yards in each of his first eight seasons in the NFL (all with the Panthers). He missed the final two games of the 2018 season and still threw for 3,395 yards (completing 67.9 percent of his passes) with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The former NFL MVP really struggled last season. He completed just 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards and one interception and the Panthers opened the season 0-2 after home losses against the Rams and Buccaneers.

Cam Newton hasn’t thrown a touchdown in his last four games, his last touchdown pass was in a 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay on December 2, 2018. The Panthers lost Newton’s last eight games as their starting quarterback dating back to the 2018 season.

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

Where Could Newton Go?

Teams should not give up on Cam Newton. He is still has great potential. Don’t forget that he won an MVP award after leading the Panthers to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2015. Newton has been one of the most electrifying players in the NFL since he joined the league in 2011.

While Newton may not be the runner he once was, he’s still an athletic signal-caller and he will be 31 years old by the time the new season starts. Many teams have signed starting quarterbacks in free agency, including the Colts, Buccaneers and Titans but BetOnline lists potential destinations and you can make some money with this prop.

Cam Newton’s Team in Week 1 of the 2020 Regular Season

  • Washington Redskins +200
  • Denver Broncos +300
  • New England Patriots +300
  • Miami Dolphins +400
  • Los Angeles Chargers +500
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +800
  • Las Vegas Raiders +1600
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +2800
  • Cincinnati Bengals +4000
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The New England Patriots logo is seen on a video board. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Should the Patriots Consider Him?

The Patriots and six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady decided to go their separate ways and Cam Newton could be the right replacement.

Newton is an athletic and dynamic quarterback that could jump-start the New England offense. The Patriots’ receiving corps is bad but Newton spent years with the likes of Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess as his targets. This means that he can make the most of what he has at his disposal.

Is second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham the long-term answer for the Patriots? It is hard to tell because we haven’t really seen what he is capable of. The Patriots decided to bring in Brian Hoyer for a third time, just in case Stidham isn’t ready. Newton is better than Stidham and Hoyer.

The Patriots should give Newton a team-friendly one year contract to prove his worth. I will take a chance on the Patriots being Newton’s next team at +300 NFL odds and on Newton to be the starting quarterback for the Patriots in Week 1 of the 2020 regular season at +300.

Patriots Quarterback Week 1 of the 2020 Regular Season

  • Jarrett Stidham -110
  • Cam Newton +300
  • Jameis Winston +500
  • Brian Hoyer +750
  • Andy Dalton +850
  • Cody Kessler +1250
  • Jacoby Brissett +1400
  • Derek Carr +2500
  • Joe Flacco +3300
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +5000
  • Eli Manning +10000