Dark Days for Superman?

by Bradford Sterling | May 7, 2020 | General | 0 comments

Former Heisman trophy winner, National Champion, First overall pick, and league MVP Cam Newton finds himself unemployed after the first wave of NFL free agency. Newton has done nothing but produce when he is on an NFL field. He’s gone to 3 Pro Bowls, Using his unique skill set to become an elite quarterback. After all, his nickname is Superman. Newton is probably best known for his 2015 league MVP season where he accounted for 45 total touchdowns, threw for 3,887 passing yards, and had a qbr of 99.4. That season Newton started all 16 regular season games and led Carolina to a Super Bowl 50 berth where they fell short to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24 to 10.
Since the Super Bowl 50 loss Newton and the Panthers have struggled. Last year Newton
started the first two games before missing the rest of the season. After the conclusion of the
2019-2020 season where the Panthersfinished an abysmal 5-11, team management shook
things up. Longtime coach Ron Rivera was fired, Newton was released, and a new era beganfor
Carolina. Star running back Christian McCaffery was given a 4 year deal to make him the
highest paid back in the league, Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule signed a 5 year deal to take the
reigns of the team and the division rival Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater was given a 3 year
deal to become the Panthers next starting quarterback.
So the question is What’s next for Cam Newton?
Is anyone going to offer him a starting spot?
Does he take a backup job somewhere?
Does he sit out for the year?
One thing is for sure, Newton will not be a backup. At least not at this point in his career.
As of right now it’s looking like he’s going to sit out the year and wait for next offseason. Almost every quarterback vacancy has been filled. New England has chosen to go with their in-house options, Chicago traded for Nick Foles, Tampa signed Tom Brady, Indianapolis signed Rivers, and the Chargers, Begals, and Dolphins all drafted quarterbacks. Leaving Newton with the choice of sitting out or, taking a backup job. Since Newton has been said to have zero interest in holding a clipboard, it’s my guess that he’ll be watching football from his couch.
Sitting out and waiting a year might be Newton’s best option. However, it does mean he’ll have to go a year without football. Cam Newton is an NFL starting quarterback who still has plenty of playing days left in him but, for now it could be dark days ahead for the man they call Superman.
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