Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is still trying to find the right home that benefits him as the ideal landing spot would be the Entertainment Capital of the World.
As free agent quarterback Cam Newton continues to weigh his options for what his new team will be this offseason, there is still plenty of time for him to find the ideal landing spot. After spending nine years with the Carolina Panthers, Newton finds himself in unfamiliar territory as a free agent trying to restart his career.
Unfortunately for Newton, he comes with a few warning signs that are making teams wary. He’s coming off foot surgery and has also had shoulder injuries in the past. There is also no guarantee that Newton will be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season or if he’ll even be efficient at a starter level.
It’s no secret that over the past few seasons with the Panthers, Newton was on the decline. He was overthinking plays, trying to create plays when he should have played it smarter, and just couldn’t get the job done when faced with tough situations. It got to the point that with a new head coach in Matt Rhule ready to rebuild the Panthers again, it would be better to have a fresh start without Newton under center any longer.
The Las Vegas Raiders would be perfect for Cam Newton.
It’s a decision we won’t know how it all pans out until a few years from now, but at this point in time, Newton has to understand and accept that he will need to prove his worth all over again. The ideal landing spot for him would be on a team that has an open competition in training camp for the starting spot with other top players ready to push him. You know, a team that has the potential to build upon last season and is ready to make some serious noise.
Enter the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders have been making moves all offseason long, especially when it comes to their quarterback situation. There is a strong possibility that Derek Carr won’t be the starting quarterback for the Raiders come Week 1 of the regular season as head coach Jon Gruden brought in Marcus Mariota as competition. Obviously, Gruden wants to see what other options are out there when it comes to the most important position on the team.
Throwing Newton into the mix will only help the cause as he brings a plethora of starting experience to the table and even has a Super Bowl start to his name. Of course, the Raiders would more than likely end up with two active quarterbacks on the final roster but this would be a great scenario for Newton if this ever came to fruition.
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Newton would come into training camp with a lot to prove and knowing he’s not going to be handed the starting spot immediately. If he, Carr, or Mariota want the role, they all have to compete and show the leadership regime who truly gives them the chance to win a lot of football games.
It would be a great reality check for Newton and has the possibility of boosting his confidence while tightening up his natural abilities to return to his old Pro Bowl self.
The Raiders have plenty of salary cap space to work with as signing Newton won’t break the bank or anything. A move like this could potentially bring in a new starting quarterback that can push the envelope in 2020.
Since the Raiders are debuting for the first time in Las Vegas after relocating, there will be a lot of high expectations to deliver a winning product. At least with more options at the most important position on the team, it will help the Raiders be ready for everything and anything coming their way.
Overall, Newton needs a fresh new start and an opportunity to work his way back to being a starter again. It would be an ideal situation for him to sign a simple one-year “prove it” deal with the Raiders and see if he can create a new chapter in his career. Who knows, it might even be a chapter that makes the Panthers regret their decision this offseason.