The past two seasons have been interesting for Cam Newton. In 2018, a season where he only played in 14 games, it was a lingering shoulder injury that eventually needed surgery that slowed him down. Then, this past season, it was a foot injury that ultimately may have marked the beginning of the end for Newton as a Panther.
Kyle Allen took over at quarterback, the Panthers fired Ron Rivera and hired Matt Rhule from Baylor and Newton’s future in Carolina is now even more up in the air. A few weeks ago Ian Rapaport stated that he believes the Panthers will look to trade Newton and that he could be with a new team come March.
Well, it’s February and March is right around the corner, so this latest report from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller makes a lot of sense.
It almost feels as if it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘will’ Newton be traded. With that being said, it’s unknown as to which franchise may actually trade for the 30-year-old quarterback.
According to Miller, the Chargers make sense and there have even been a number of calls and texts over the past few days regarding Newton possibly landing in Los Angeles.
What will the Los Angeles Chargers do at quarterback? All signs from league sources indicate the team will draft a signal-caller—either Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa—in the first round, but within the last three days there have been a number of unsolicited calls and texts about a trade for Cam Newton.
This makes sense.
The Chargers need a quarterback, but they also need to sell tickets. Bringing in a household name and marketable option is business savvy and football smart if Newton is healthy. The most likely move is still to draft the next franchise quarterback at No. 6 overall, but there’s enough buzz surrounding a Newton trade to mention it here.
Miller makes a lot of strong points here. The Chargers need a quarterback and they need to sell tickets, too. This version of Cam Newton may not be the same Cam Newton of the past, but he’s still a guy that puts butts in the seats.
Newton’s current contract expires after next season and carries a cap hit of $21.1 million.