New Orleans Saints: 3 free agent QBs that could replace Teddy Bridgewater
Now, of course, Cam Newton still had a year left on his contract with the Carolina Panthers when free agency began. However, now that the team has decided to claim Teddy Bridgewater as the future of the team, Newton is left out to dry.
Initially, the team was expected to look for trade partners for the former MVP, but many of those potential buyers have already found their QB in free agency or trades. The best thing the team can do for Newton at this point is to release him and let him find a team that could utilize his talents.
The resume for Newton is undeniably one of the best for the options available.
Everyone knows of his MVP season in 2015 and his Super Bowl appearance that year. He has made three Pro Bowls in his career and has thrown for 29,000 yards while rushing for another 4,800.
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With Lamar Jackson popularizing the potential of a mobile quarterback being the future direction of the position, Newton appears to be a promising prospect and a decorated option to sign. He also should be back to full strength this coming season.
However, Newton is not without his fair share of concern as an option either.
Someone of his status and history would have so much issue finding a potential landing spot if it were not for worries about his health and playing status. Newton has dealt with a myriad of injuries that have sidelined him over the past few years.
After only playing in two regular-season games last season, Newton was placed on IR for a Lisfranc fracture for the remainder of the season.
He has also endured a rotator cuff tear that he forced himself to play through before, which resulted in greater injury and an extended recovery period. Teams are understandably hesitant to pursue a player with such a high reinjury risk and resilience to play through this pain.
As a pure athlete, Newton is arguably the best option for any team that wants a quarterback still. He is quick, strong and can make some deep throws.
However, with the number of trade partners dwindling and the history of inaccuracy and injury, Newton may have to settle for a smaller contract and smaller role for a team willing to take a chance on him.