Speculation as to where former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton could end up began running rampant well before the Panthers released the former NFL MVP on Tuesday.
At first glance, the Arizona Cardinals wouldn’t seem to be a possible destination for the now free-agent QB, but that hasn’t stopped a couple of sites from speculating about Newton’s potential fit in Arizona.
Would Newton make sense as Kyler Murray’s backup on the Cardinals?
The team just re-signed Brett Hundley to a one-year deal to fill that role and doesn’t have much salary-cap space left, according to overthecap.com, so it appears unlikely that general manager Steve Keim would pursue Newton.
Newton’s injury history also must be taken into account for any team looking into signing him in NFL free agency.
He only played in two games last season.
NFL Draft Diamonds, however, listed the Arizona Cardinals among five teams that should want Cam Newton.
Damond Talbot explained his reasoning: “The Cardinals need a back-up. I love Drew Anderson and feel he would be a perfect number 3, but at this point Cam would be an upgrade. They re-signed Brett Hundley, but I would take Cam over him every day. You never count on a QB getting hurt but if Murray was to get injured what would they do? They now have some studs like DeAndre Hopkins and you need to make the playoffs. Their fans deserve that, and adding Cam Newton helps.”
Sportscasting.com had a story saying that Cam Newton would make a mistake going to the New England Patriots, a team in which he has often been linked.
It listed the Arizona Cardinals among the “interesting fits” for the quarterback.
Jake Elman wrote: “If Newton is willing to sign a short-term contract with no serious financial risk to teams, he could attract more interest on the open market. Newton would be an intriguing fit with both the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, two teams with offensive-minded head coaches and a franchise quarterback in place.”
While he doesn’t mention the Cardinals, Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson has a story about how Cam Newton may be headed for a backup quarterback role in the NFL, so while unlikely, it is probably not impossible that the quarterback could end up in Arizona.
He wrote: “That’s an almost unreal set of circumstances all slamming together at once for Newton: injury concerns, a disjointed offseason, tight starting opportunities and basically no lifelines available from former Carolina coaches or personnel men. Not to mention that Dalton and Winston also have agents scouring the exact NFL market, hoping for even the faintest chance at a quarterback competition in a place like Jacksonville or New England. Map out the landscape and it appears to leave Newton on a road he never could have imagined when last season started. Not only is he out of Carolina, he appears more likely to be supporting another starting quarterback rather than suiting up as one.”
Newton on the Cardinals could be very intriguing, but it just doesn’t seem that feasible given the team’s salary cap situation and other factors.
The Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos, as well as other teams, just appear to make more sense.
Then again, I guess you can’t rule it out no matter how unlikely it seems, because what about this NFL offseason has made any sense?