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ESPN Insider Reveals Interesting Details Behind Cam Newton’s Search for New NFL Team

Max Staley
Cam Newton is still searching for a new team in NFL free agency.
Cam Newton is still searching for a new team in NFL free agency. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Just a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance and the 2015 NFL MVP award, Cam Newton is currently out of a job. Without many obvious openings for a starting-caliber quarterback, it's starting to look like Newton may have to settle for a back-up job.

There was a sentiment that the Panthers' hurt Newton's value on the open market by not releasing him prior to free agency, as many team's had already filled their QB opening by the time he became available. However, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano, that's not exactly a fair assessment.

Essentially, Graziano argues that NFL team's disinterest in signing Newton is not because they didn't know he'd be available, or because he became available too late. If anyone really wanted to go out and land Newton, Graziano is suggesting that they knew it, and could have.

As for why the three-time Pro Bowler is still un-signed, there's likely a combination of factors contributing to that. The most obvious of which is injuries. But surveying the league, there aren't really any teams that don't have either an established veteran at QB, or a promising young signal-caller.

Eventually, someone will take a chance on Newton. And whoever does will get a hyper-talented passer. But it might not be fair to blame Carolina for the fact that he's still un-signed.

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