3 landing spots for Cam Newton after Carolina Panthers door shuts

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Cam Newton could join the Chicago Bears

Cam Newton indicated following the 2021 season that he is willing to accept a backup role providing it’s the right fit on a team with ambition. The Chicago Bears might not fit into that category, but it’s something the NFC North team might explore to provide Justin Fields with a big boost at a crucial stage of his development.

For all the rumors about Newton’s character from some in the media, his leadership is not in question. One only has to look at how teammates, Matt Rhule, Scott Fitterer, and Bill Belichick have spoken about this over recent years.

One could argue that if the Carolina Panthers had taken Fields at No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, they wouldn’t be in this mess. But after an indifferent rookie campaign from the Ohio State product, there is just no telling for sure and Chicago isn’t exactly blessed with exceptional pass-catchers after Allen Robinson left in free agency for the Los Angeles Rams.

If Newton could come in and provide a role model presence for Fields, lend his support in whatever way possible, and teach him some tricks of the trade, then it would be money well spent by the Bears. The signal-caller could also assist in short-yardage and red-zone situations if the right opportunities came along.

Only time will tell what comes next for Newton. If this is the end, he can look back with the knowledge that absolutely everything was given to the cause, and his place in NFL history is assured beyond all doubt.

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