3 teams that missed the boat when signing Cam Newton


Cam Newton at the New England Patriots makes all three of these teams look bad.

Maybe the New England Patriots the dynasty continues with Cam Newton at quarterback?

when no one expected it, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped a complete bombshell on us Sunday night. The former Carolina Panthers’ No. 1 pick would join the Evil Empire in their new chapter of football. In nine years in Charlotte, Newton was a three-time Pro Bowler and won NFL MVP in an incredible 2015 season that culminated in a Super Bowl appearance.

But ever since the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Newton wasn’t the same player. Although the Panthers were still a good team for a while, Newton’s health declined over the past two seasons as he only played two games for Carolina in 2019. The longtime head coach Panthers date Ron Rivera was fired mid-season and Carolina moved in a new direction.

Granted, the Panthers have smeared Newton this offseason by not letting him enter free agency with the rest of the league’s top players. By the time he was released by Carolina, there weren’t exactly a ton of chairs left in the free agent quarterback’s musical chairs. Many teams, including the Patriots, were lucky enough to sign the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner of Auburn but chose not to.

Here are three NFL teams that will regret not signing Cam Newton this year.


Los Angeles Chargers

FCA West

Of course the Los Angeles Chargers can feel fantastic about where their quarterback room is. Presumptive Week 1 Beginner Tyrod Taylor knows exactly what to expect in head coach Anthony Lynn’s offensive system. Los Angeles used the No. 6 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft on the former Oregon Ducks player Justin Herbert. Lynn is also a huge fan of third stringer Easton Stick.

But do you know what none of them have ever done? Won NFL MVP or led his team to a Super Bowl. Newton did it half a decade ago in his mid-twenties. Now in his early thirties, his game might be different than it was in his sporting prime. However, Newton dominated at every level he played and would have given a good Chargers roster even more punch in 2020.

Although the Chargers will watch the Kansas City Chiefs in AFC West with the likes of the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Chargers this season, better quarterback play beyond low-end starter Taylor or rookie rookie Herbert could have had this team as a lock to make the playoffs. Now we just hope the Chargers don’t end up in the AFC West basement again.

Although the Chargers made the wise decision to select Herbert out of Oregon with their top 10, he won’t help them win big right away. Taylor may know Lynn’s offense better than Newton, but Newton’s ceiling will always be higher than Taylor’s. When all is well, there’s no quarterback you’d want to lead your team but the elite favorite that is Newton.


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