Ever since it was announced a week ago that Cam Newton has been permitted to seek a trade, some have speculated team might wait and see if the Carolina Panthers cut him instead. That notion seems to have come true. There doesn’t appear to be much interest in Newton and it might be for that reason. Why pay for something when you can wait and get it for free, right? It’s common sense. I was hoping that maybe one team would give up a pick for the former MVP and No. 1 overall pick.
But here’s the rub. Newton’s health is still a big unknown. We see his workout poses. We see him throwing the ball around and he doesn’t look injured.
That certainly doesn’t mean he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to play ball by a long shot. I guess what I’m surprised about is Newton himself isn’t doing more to show he is ready to play. For instance how about putting out a report from a doctor saying his injuries are 100 percent healed? Maybe he hasn’t done that because it would not be true? Maybe Newton has learned from his past that playing down an injury benefits nobody.
The team that trades for him would have to pay his $18.6 million salary, and that is a sizable chunk of cap space to commit to a player who you don’t know is healthy, never mind the price you paid just to get him. There is still plenty of time for Newton to get healthy but again, it would take a team in a special situation to make an offer. After a week of waiting it would appear that team does not exist. I guess Newton is assuming even if he gets cut he is still going to command a high salary from whoever then comes calling. He will probably get a better deal then the Panthers were going to offer before they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract.
I thought the Chicago Bears were the best option to land Newton, but they instead traded a fourth round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Nick Foles. Seriously? Plus Foles is on year two of a four-year, $88 million contract. The only explanation on why the Bears did not consider Newton is the health factor. Teams do not think Newton is healthy, or at least think he still harbors some serious health risks even after six months recovery time. Otherwise, there’s something else at play here.
At this point a late round pick in the 2021 draft is the best scenario I can see to get something for Newton. More likely the Panthers will cut their former first overall selection in the next few days, maybe a week and settle for nothing in compensation. The Panthers had to know this was a possibility when they signed Bridgewater. As painful as that sounds get ready for it, Panthers fans. It sucks, but it is a part of NFL football, we don’t always agree on the moves the team makes.
Simple solution: Just win football games in 2020 and everyone will be cool.