Cam Newton’s next team in the NFL? Cowboys and giants are among the best choices


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Cam Newton’s divorce of the New England Patriots ahead of Tuesday’s NFL-wide deadline to reduce rosters to 53 players per team shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Rookie Mac Jones, the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, impressed all season when he joined “The Patriot Way,” then played admirably during training camp and pre-season for coach Bill Belichick to break his form by turning his side over. That’s not to say Newton didn’t put in a great performance either, especially 12 days ago against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he completed eight of nine passes for 103 yards and a TD. He routinely flashed his arm strength and willingness to attack on the ground which the former MVP had rarely shown in recent seasons, but the writing was on the wall, and Newton, who publicly went out of his way to support Jones, saw it too. A rookie QB taken in the first round usually starts sooner rather than later in the NFL, no matter which team he chooses. Newton was on his second one-year deal with the Patriots and essentially made spare money – he left New England having secured $3.6 million in collateral this year. Cycling across the lineup on rotating shots. If Belichick decided that Jones, whose style of play is much more Tom Brady than Newton’s, was his man, it makes no sense to have a backup that would require an entirely different offensive style. It’s much easier to plug in third-year lane veteran Brian Hoyer or Garrett Stidham (currently on the physically unable list) into the game plans and offensive concepts that will evolve to meet Jones’ needs, and let’s not forget also that Newton, 32, showed this summer that he can still execute. at a high level. Sure enough, he was removed several years (and surgeries) from his 2015 MVP campaign with the Carolina Panthers heading to the Super Bowl. But Newton’s right arm looks as alive as it has since he’s undergone multiple shoulder operations since his MVP season. And although he has endured (more than) his fair share of punishment, the man can still move. Newton threw only eight touchdown passes for the Patriots in 2020, a season that started with a promise but was derailed when he contracted COVID-19, but he continued to run for 592 yards and score 12 points. It should be a better fit for the Tracked Piece List: Big-Name Player Updates Released in Week Three Winners, Losers: Who Helped Themselves Most With Final Adjustments? Regardless of what you might think of Newton’s character on and off the field, none but Belichick has praised him since his first signing with New England before training camp in 2020, which begs the inescapable question: Is there another viable home in my league? American football is waiting for Newton? The list of possibilities might be longer than you think… Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan, who won Player of the Year after Newton, is the man here… for now. But the standby situation behind him is precarious, and so is Ryan’s future after this season depending on which direction the Falcons take under their new leadership. Newton is an Atlanta native, and that will allow him to come home – and could allow him to get his footing in 2022 if the team decides to replace Ryan, 36, and rebuild. Playing Arthur Smith’s heavy attack and tight double would certainly suit Newton, too. . But he’s an unproven commodity for a team with Super Bowl aspirations and a rookie, Lamar Jackson, who’s already gone through two bouts with COVID-19 and, as far as we know, is still not immune (like Newton). While Newton would certainly prefer another opportunity to start, he would likely be a much better reserve than Huntley, Trace McSorley or last year’s QB2, Robert Griffin III, for a team that wants to be more involved in aerial attack but has recently thrived with a running-based approach that matches With Newton’s style. The Buffalo Bills are another championship-caliber team…and another with COVID-19 issues — and whether or not this makes Newton an attractive insurance policy is a point worth debating. Bills veteran Mitchell Trubesky, who starred during his return to Chicago on August 21, is owned on a one-year deal behind 2020 runner-up Josh Allen. However, Allen is often compared to a younger Newton, and the Bills organization has several key members – head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Bean – who were with Newton during his heyday in Carolina. Not entirely suitable here for either party, but also an option that should not be ruled out. Widely viewed as an NFC East favorite entering this season, it’s been an unsettling summer for the Cowboys running QB Dak Prescott’s tender shoulder while hoping that their surgically repaired ankle is ready for the regular season exposure. But if Prescott suffers setbacks at the front or simply shows at next week’s regular season kickoff in Tampa Bay that he’s still a few weeks away, would you rather Newton’s move be cool…or hope an untested Cooper Rush can keep the team afloat? On His Feet – Denver Broncos An overall laden roster that stood on standby for months waiting to see if conservative Teddy Bridgewater would be quarterback or youngster Drew Luke. Bridgewater has prevailed – for now – but his name is written in pencil on the depth chart. If the calendar arrives in October, and Denver is once again frustrated by poor play under position, Newton may become a sensible choice – though he never worked with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmore – for a team that should have been relevant…and in the meantime Where coach Vic Fangio really needs to win a few games, here’s what we know: New general manager Nick Caserio, who was with Newton in New England last year, will sign pretty much every free agent available in the galaxy in order to sign up for a franchise rating that’s basically in a mess. Will Houston be an attractive destination for Newton? If it means a chance to play given that the most viable Texan option seems to be Tyrod Taylor, welp, they say, “that’s what it is.” More — and he served another terrible cleverness in the red on Sunday against New England — Big Blue could be a factor in the NFC East. if not? GM Dave Gittleman, who filled the same role as the Panthers when they reached Super Bowl 50 under Newton, may have to resort to desperate measures to save that team — and its job. A backcourt with Newton and RB Saquon Barkley might be enough for a successful rescue. But if something happens to Wilson, it’s unlikely that Jeno Smith and/or Shawn Manion will back up to save a team hoping to grab more than one more NFC West crown. Moreover, if Wilson does manage to get out of Seattle in 2022, it makes sense that 70-year-old coach Pete Carroll wouldn’t be too interested in rebuilding. As much as Wilson has accomplished in the Pacific Northwest, Carroll might prefer to return to an offense in 2022 that allows Cam to book rather than rely on Ross for the cooking. His career in 2011 with an offensive rookie performance of the year under then-rookie coach Ron Rivera in Carolina. Rivera is now the boss in Washington, where he made his debut last year with a surprise race to the NFC East title. He’s now counting on 38-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has never taken a playoff tour, to bring the WFT back to the playoffs – Newton started seven games over four seasons while with the Panthers. A match made in Ashburn? It wouldn’t be a shock, especially if Fitzpatrick & Co stumbled out of the gate — and the September portion of the schedule caters to the Giants, Chargers and Bills. (Update: Rivera appears to be ruling out signing Newton at the moment, saying later on Tuesday: “He’s popped up on our radar, but just so you know, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starting quarterback. That’s where we are. We have three guys We’re like that all came to camp, did a great job for us, and we’re going forward with these guys.”) *** Follow Nate Davis at USA TODAY Sports on Twitter @ByNateDavis.


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