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NFL Insider Says Broncos Need to Sign Cam Newton

Jason Schandl
One Denver Broncos insider says the team needs to sign free agent quarterback Cam Newton.
One Denver Broncos insider says the team needs to sign free agent quarterback Cam Newton. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
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Drew Lock looked incredibly promising in five games as a rookie in 2019, leading the Denver Broncos to a 4-1 record to close out the season. Now he'll serve as the team's full-time starting quarterback in 2020.

With just a five-game sample, though, the Broncos shouldn't necessarily assume he's the long-term answer as a franchise quarterback. He's certainly shown that kind of potential, but it's not a guarantee. There is of course always going to be injury risk as well.

Long-time Broncos insider Woody Paige suggests that, to shore up their backup QB spot, the Broncos should be signing Cam Newton.

Newton really struggled in his two injury-riddled games in 2019, but if he's healthy, he still has the potential to be a strong NFL starter. In 2018 (his last healthy season) he averaged 7.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt, which is right in line with his career average.

For context, that's better than the 6.6 Lock averaged as a rookie, as well as leaps and bounds better than current backup QB Jeff Driskel's career average of 5.8.

With the COVID-19 pandemic adding an extra complication for the season, it seems like starters missing time could potentially become a common occurrence in the 2020 season. That means having a strong backup quarterback could be more valuable than ever.

The hope is, of course, that Lock is going to play a healthy 16 games and live up to the great potential he's shown, especially while he's surrounded by a ton of playmakers in 2020.

Having a contingency plan is never a bad idea, though. Newton isn't likely to command a huge salary considering he's still a free agent at this point, and with over $16 million available, Denver can afford to make a big splash by signing him as one of the league's best backups.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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