Another day, another suggestion of where Cam Newton should play in 2020.
The ex-Carolina Panthers quarterback has been a free agent for two-plus months. He was released by Carolina in mid-March.
Newton, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, has gone unsigned for a couple of different reasons. One, the pandemic has made it difficult for NFL franchises to get a sense of how healthy Newton is. Two, it’s unclear what kind of role/salary the former MVP is seeking.
Reports indicate that Newton would be willing to take a backup job for 2020. Others believe Newton will try to wait for a starting opportunity in the preseason, perhaps due to an injury.
Former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum joined Golic & Wingo on Thursday morning and outlined his best Newton destination.
“Pittsburgh makes so much sense because Ben Roethlisberger is 38,” Tannenbaum said. “His best days are clearly behind him, coming off a massive surgery with his elbow. If you could get the former first pick in the draft who’s taken a team to the Super Bowl, try and get him healthy for a year, you may have his heir apparent right on campus without having to spend a draft choice. I think Cam is all about risk-reward. I’ve always been a huge fan of his. Every defensive coordinator I’ve worked with when we played them, those are the players that keep you up at night. He can attack you with his arm, his legs and obviously for him it’s going to be his health. Him and Clowney still being out there, the common thread is their respective team’s abilities to evaluate where they are physically.”
The Steelers are one of the contending teams getting mentioned for Newton, who could serve as Roethlisberger’s backup – and potentially fill-in starter.
Roethlisberger announced earlier this month that he’s healthy enough to throw, but at 38 years of age, his health is far from a guarantee.
Newton could be the backup quarterback the Steelers need in 2020.
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