The Cam Newton-New England Patriots experiment is coming to an end. After just one year at the helm as Tom Brady's replacement, Newton will reportedly no longer be the Patriots' signal-caller moving forward.
The Patriots were a bit of a mess this season, but Cam did still show some flashes of what has made him great in the past, and it's hard to fault a QB too much for struggling when their top receiving options include names like Jakobi Meyers (53 receptions) and Damiere Byrd (46 receptions). He should still get plenty of interest in free agency, though.
These three teams are the most likely landing spots for Cam Newton in 2021.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
Questions about whether Ben Roethlisberger will return seem to pop up every offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they have still not really addressed the backup quarterback spot. He turns 39 this offseason, and retirement is a real possibility. The Steelers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, and they can't afford to waste that by starting Mason Rudolph or even a rookie at quarterback in 2021. Cam is the perfect stopgap option to allow them to draft an eventual starter while remaining competitive in 2021.
2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears' situation is trickier. They have a ton of money tied up in Nick Foles, but he sure doesn't look like a long-term solution, and that might be a sunk cost at this point. Mitchell Trubisky is hitting free agency, though, and whether it's Matt Nagy or a new head coach, they may be looking for a new starter to at least compete with Foles. The Bears are more likely to start a rookie than the Steelers are, but if Nagy still has his job in 2021, he's likely going to be in win-now mode in an effort to keep that job safe.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Philip Rivers is having a great season, but he's only on a one-year deal, and retirement is also a real possibility. With double-digit wins this season, the Colts can't be too eager to hand the keys to someone like 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason, and we've seen that Jacob Brissett probably isn't the answer either (if he even returns to Indy in free agency). This offense is filled with promising young playmakers, and Cam would be put in a much better position to succeed in Indy than he was in New England.
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