Former MVP QB Cam Newton wants to return to the NFL and is open to a backup role on certain teams, including some up and coming rookie signal callers. The 2015 NFL MVP has been trying to get back into the NFL for the last year or so.
He claims that there aren’t 32 quarterbacks better than him, and the soon to be 34 year old might only have one more chance to land a spot on an NFL roster.
He was drafted first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft and spent every year with them besides 2020, where he was the starter for the New England Patriots. He went 7-8 as the Pats’ starter and threw more interceptions than touchdowns, but was quite lethal on the ground.
As a passer, Cam Newton was never special aside from his NFL campaign. However, it’s clear that he’s minimally effective as a passer but could have something left in his legs.
He’s been vocal about wanting to come back into the NFL and listed some QBs he’d be open to backing up:
He did list three up and coming rookies in Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, and Anthony Richardson. To the shock of no one, he did not mention Mac Jones, who he was cut in favor of, but did mention the other three AFC East quarterbacks if you count Aaron Rodgers ending up with the New York Jets.
I do think Newton can serve as an adequate backup in the NFL, but again, he turns 34 soon so he might not have more than one more crack at making a roster.
Being that he’s won playoff games, an MVP award, and played in a Super Bowl, I do think he’s got some benefit being on a roster with a young QB. Someone like Anthony Richardson, who is cut from the same cloth as Newton, might greatly benefit from taking some leadership and guidance from Newton.
Cam Newton has also claimed that he does not believe there are 32 quarterbacks better than him in the NFL, but I don’t believe that to be the case.
We’ll see what happens, but I’m not so sure Cam Newton plays in the NFL again.