Monday, July 13, 2020

The Fall of Cam Newton: Where Will He Go Next?

The Carolina Panthers announced recently that they are allowing quarterback Cam Newton to seek a trade.

At time of writing, it has been five days since and Newton appears no closer to finding a new team. It was Tuesday when the Panthers announced that they would allow Newton to move on.

Since then, the Indianapolis Colts have signed Phillip Rivers, the Panthers have signed Teddy Bridgewater, the Las Vegas Raiders have signed Marcos Mariota and the Buccaneers have signed the great Tom Brady.

This leaves alot of teams out of the question, with many to ask where Cam will play his football next season.

Cam Newton was named MVP in 2015 but has not really been the same player since, thanks to a series of injuries and a lack of form.

The 2015 MVP season saw Newton guide Carolina to the Super Bowl, which they would end up losing to the Denver Broncos in Peyton Manning’s final career game.

The play in that Super Bowl that had the most talking points was the 3rd and 9 in the fourth quarter with 4:16 remaining with the score 16-10 Denver.

Von Miller got to the ball, forcing it out of Newton’s hands. In an attempt to retrieve the ball, Newton appeared to pull out of getting the ball.

The game finished 24-10 and Newton walked out of the press conference, a far cry from his confident and happy persona in the press conferences during Super Bowl week.

Since then, the Panthers have only reached the post season once, and that was a 31-26 wild card defeat to New Orleans.

Newton threw for 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his MVP season back in 2015 and has never hit the heights since, with 19 touchdowns, 22 and 24 touchdowns to follow in the next three seasons.

Newton appeared back to his best during the 2018 season where after a 42-28 win over Tampa Bay in week 9, the Panthers were 6-2. Since then they just won one more game and ended 7-9, missing out on the play offs.

His 2019 season was plagued with injuries and he only started the first two games. Kyle Allen stepped in and managed considerably, whilst not perfect, and was rewarded with a new one year contract.

With Bridgewater now at the starting spot, it is unclear what will happen with Kyle Allen. What is clear however, is that Newton is not in Carolina’s plans.

Could the Bears go for Cam? They have recently signed Nick Foles to compete with Trubisky but neither of these are going to help the franchise fight for Super Bowls, unless Foles returns to the form he showed in Philadelphia .

The Chargers seem the one team that might as they have yet to make any upgrades at the position. Whether they are going to give Tyrod Taylor a chance is unclear at this present time so unless they want to draft a new quarterback, they could be a team that takes a chance on Cam’s fitness.

The Redskins announced the appointment of Rivera on New Years Day. Is he the man to get the best out of Cam?

Finally, the Redskins could be someone that fancies Newton, especially with his ex head coach Rivera now the new Redskins head coach. The two reached that aforementioned Super Bowl when Rivera was Carolina head coach.

Haskins has struggled in his rookie year but needs time to develop. It remains to be seen with Rivera if he will want to remain with the first round pick from the 2019 draft or whether he will want to draft a new quarterback or go to a familiar face.

Newton’s impact on the dressing room has never been an issue and will be an asset to a lot of teams, but his recent injuries and drop off in form will be something teams will have to be taken into account.

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