For the first time in his NFL career, Cam Newton will be lining up under center in a uniform other than that of the Carolina Panthers. That news, as had been speculated for a while now, was confirmed on Tuesday, with the former Auburn quarterback officially being released after serving nine years with the team.
The former no. 1 pick, back in the 2011 Draft, won the MVP in 2015 in a season in which he led them to the Super Bowl. They did lose, 24-10 to the Denver Broncos, but they still got there. They have only made the playoffs once since then, however, and the QB had a rash of injuries over the years. He had his latest surgery back in December, so to many this bit of news had been coming for some time now. The Panthers had just signed Teddy Bridgewater to a deal as well, so that was even more writing on the wall. While we do not know if Newton will ever reach the standards he climbed to in 2015, some are saying he could be destined for New England. Would the Patriots’ Bill Belichick bring in the 30 year-old on a bit of a flier, or will he stick with more proven commodities or those that are in-house?