4 better free agency fits for Cam Newton in 2021

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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts aren’t far away from a serious Super Bowl challenge. They have a premier offensive line and a defense that is growing in stature with every passing game. But there does appear to be some doubt as to whether Philip Rivers is going to be around in 2021.

Rivers signed a one-year, $25 million deal in free agency after ending his long association with the Los Angeles Chargers and has done well overall. However, the quarterback is now in the twilight of his career and might decide enough is enough when competitive action concludes.

This would leave Indianapolis facing the prospect of going with Jacoby Brissett, who was hit and miss after Andrew Luck announced his shock retirement due to injury. The Colts won’t be in a position to contend in the postseason moving forward like this, so taking a gamble on Cam Newton is a high risk, high reward proposition if Rivers does decide to hang up his cleats at the end of the campaign.

The Carolina Panthers released their former No. 1 overall selection too late for him to be considered by the Colts, who decided to sign Rivers early in free agency to give him the best possible chance of adjusting to new surroundings. Should Newton end up in Indianapolis, it represents a fantastic situation to thrive.