Surprise Long-Shot Teams in Odds to Sign Cam Newton

Cam Newton
Dark horse teams that could sign Cam Newton, including the Denver Broncos | Grant Halverson/Getty Images

It's been no secret that the Carolina Panthers are looking to move on from Cam Newton, and after failing to find a suitable trade partner they've decided to release him entirely.

This isn't great timing for Cam, as a few of the teams that needed new QBs this offseason have already filled the position. That does leave some interesting potential landing spots for Newton, though.

With that in mind, here are four interesting long-shot options, based on the betting odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. New England Patriots (+500)

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick at a postseason press conference. | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The fourth-best odds for any team belong to the New England Patriots, at +500. With Tom Brady out of town, they have an obvious need at the position, and one that isn't exactly solved by Brian Hoyer. While we don't exactly know what Bill Belichick's Patriots will look like without Brady, it's safe to assume they're still looking to compete. Adding a proven veteran like Newton can help avoid a drawn-out rebuild.

2. Denver Broncos (+750)

Vic Fangio
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio during a game against the Raiders. | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Drew Lock looked great as a rookie. He posted an 89.7 passer rating across his five starts, leading the Denver Broncos to a 4-1 record in that stretch. A five-game sample is still a small one, though, especially for something as important as hanging your hat on a franchise quarterback. Bringing in Newton doesn't have to mean that Lock is done starting, either. That could be a legitimate competition, and even if Newton wins the job, it's not like having a second-round pick like Lock take some time to further develop is unheard of. With a great defense and an offense that now includes Melvin Gordon, the Broncos could be poised to contend, and Newton could certainly help with that.

3. Las Vegas Raiders (+1200)

Jon Gruden
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during a game against the Chargers. | Harry How/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders have brought in Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean they're done addressing the QB position. They don't seem to have a lot of faith in Derek Carr as a long-term option at the position, and they're going to want to make a splash in their first season in a new home. Signing Newton would do just that, while also giving their offense a boost and threatening to make them a potential AFC Wild Card contender in 2020.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (+2000)

Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin
Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin on the sideline during a 2019 game against the Rams. | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Ben Roethlisberger seems to be healthy heading into the 2020 season, but we have to take that with a grain of salt. A 38-year-old is never a lock to return at full strength, and he's been dealing with injuries for years, contemplating retirement more than once. The Steelers' defense kept them in the playoff hunt with dreadful QB play from Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges in 2019, and adding Newton would keep them secure at the position even if Big Ben were to either suffer a set-back, fail to return to his usual high level of play or to suffer another injury altogether.

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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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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