This was definitely a year to forget for Cam Newton. After being brought in to be Tom Brady’s replacement, Newton only put up 2,657 passing yards and just eight passing touchdowns. On the other hand, his rushing abilities remained elite as he ended the season with 592 yards and 12 touchdowns. With the season over with, per Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have decided to part ways with the former number one pick.
Although the passing game was atrocious for Newton, the rush game was still prevalent and could bring value to a QB needy franchise next year. Additionally, it’s not like Newton had the best supporting cast around him. With one of the worst WR groups in the league and a subpar offensive line, it’s no wonder Newton struggled throwing the ball all year.
With multiple NFL franchises searching for new QBs this year, Newton should be able to find a new home before the start of the season. With that said, here are my top three potential landing spots for Cam Newton.
Will Cam Newton Find a New Home in Houston?
The news of Deshaun Watson being unhappy with the Texans front office has caused a ruckus around the NFL. He’s obviously their most valuable player, but there is no guarantee they’ll be finding a solid replacement this offseason.
Most of this is speculation, however, if the Texans do trade Watson, Cam Newton becomes a must sign for this franchise. Newton isn’t going to break the bank, and he has plenty of experience to be a nice bridge QB until Houston finds their guy. Even after a less than stellar performance, there is still reason to believe Cam Newton can be a reliable starter in the NFL.
Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels refused to bench Newton this year, as they routinely blamed everything besides the quarterback. In a mid-December interview, McDaniels stated, “As far as I’m concerned, I couldn’t ask anything more of him.” Clearly, they believed he was the best QB on the roster, which bodes well for Newton’s playing chances next year.
The Texans will likely be bad for the next few years, but bringing in Newton would at least give them a competent starter for the time being. This is the most logical landing spot for Newton if Houston chooses to trade Watson.
Cam Newton Goes Marching to the Saints?
With Drew Brees likely retiring and Jamies Winston possibly hitting the free agent market, the New Orleans Saints are left with Taysom Hill as their starting QB. Sean Payton has praised Hill in the past, stating, “I think Taysom sees himself as being a starting quarterback in this league and we do too.”
Although that may be true, having Taysom Hill as the starting QB is less than ideal. He played great filling in for Brees this year, however, the passing game suffered during that stretch. With the lack of financial capital, New Orleans would be wise to sign a cheap veteran to compete for a starting role.
I like his chances to win Comeback Player of the Year if he does find his way to New Orleans. He would have the best supporting cast around him since his days in Carolina. Playing alongside Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, Newton adds a new weapon for opposing defenses to worry about.
A New Leader in Washington?
The Washington Football Team found their way into the playoffs due to an incredibly weak NFC East division. In preparation for next year, Washington isn’t too far away from becoming a legit contender.
The front office believed they found their franchise QB after drafting Dwayne Haskins in 2019. It turned out to be a disaster, as the front office decided to release the former Buckeye in less than two seasons. According to Rhiannon Walker, a Washington beat writer for the Athletic, the reason for Haskins’ release was, “… the organization felt it was in both sides’ interest.” She continues by stating, “In five of his six starts, Washington found itself down by 17 points or more. On the field, he didn’t improve, simply put.”
With the Football Team not likely to draft one of the top two QB prospects in the draft this year, they could find themselves drafting a guy like Trey Lance or Mac Jones. Both of them are exciting rookies, but they may need a year or two in order to adjust to the NFL. This would create a great situation for Cam Newton to step in and help Washington remain competitive as their prospect QB learns behind a seasoned veteran.