Redskins Preparing To Trade For Cam Newton?
Are the Washington Redskins preparing to trade for Cam Newton this offseason? It is a very distinct possibility.
It is no secret that the Carolina Panthers are looking to start a new era. They started by firing head coach Ron Rivera last season and replacing him with former Baylor coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule continued the trend by hiring LSU’s Joe Brady as his offensive coordinator.
The retirement of Luke Kuechly and departure of Greg Olsen expedited the transition.
And the lone remaining holdover from the old guard is Newton.
A few months ago, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that the plan for Newton was to wait and see how he healed up – and then trade him.
Since then it has become a little more questionable as to whether Carolina really intends to trade Newton or not, but that is still where the smart money is.
This past week, ESPN NFL expert Matthew Berry revealed what he learned from NFL execs at the Scouting Combine. One of his major takeaways was the idea that the Panthers were still open to trading their former MVP, provided the return was substantial enough.
Berry was subsequently informed that Rivera, the new Redskins head coach and Newton’s former head coach, “absolutely loves” him.
If anyone were willing to give up something “substantial” for the 30-year-old, it is Rivera.
Rivera and Newton spent more than eight years together in Carolina and enjoyed the most successful portions of either of their careers working in unison.
Newton grew into a league MVP. Rivera guided him and the Panthers to a Super Bowl in 2015. It was a winning relationship from all sides.
On top of everything, Newton seemed genuinely upset when Rivera was fired by the Panthers last year. As in really, truly shook.
Will the Redskins really pull the trigger on a deal for Newton? It is hard to say. But based on how unimpressed the organization seems to be with current starter Dwayne Haskins, it certainly would not be all that shocking.