Patriots, Panthers Working On Big Cam Newton Trade?
Are the Patriots and Panthers working on a big Cam Newton trade?
Both New England and Carolina have quarterback problems. The latter squad has an oft-injured veteran that it wants to move on from. The former has an unrestricted future Hall of Famer it is not sure it can appease.
As such, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a potential deal may be in the works.
If the Patriots get the vibe that Tom Brady is going to leave to join the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts or one of the other teams he has been linked to, they may pursue Newton.
Recently, ESPN looking into this very scenario. According to the worldwide leader in sports, there is a very local trade that could occur that would appease both Carolina and New England.
ESPN notes that the Patriots could simply trade away their third round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for Newton.
While that may seem like a lowball offer, it is worth remembering that Newton is 30 years old and has not been healthy in a really long time.
If he comes back in MVP shape, sure, he is definitely worth more than that.
But quarterbacks who have taken a bunch of damage over the course of their careers rarely return from serious injuries at full health.
Newton will likely be diminished in some capacity upon return, and the third rounder price tag reflects that.
With Newton at the helm of their offense, New England will be able to retool next season and figure out what the future will look like in the post-Brady Era.
Carolina, meanwhile, will get salary cap relief and the opportunity to start fresh under new head coach Matt Rhule and new offense coordinator Joe Brady.
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