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Where Will Cam Newton Play Next Season?

Cam Newton Betting Odds Carolina Panthers November 20, 2019

The great quarterbacks in the NFL typically stick with one team for the majority of their career, but Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton could be on the move this offseason.

Rumors are swirling that the Panthers may want to move on from the 2015 NFL MVP and sportsbooks wasted no time in posting a betting prop on where Newton will play in 2020.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released betting odds for where he will suit up in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, with the Chicago Bears as the +250 favorite to land the dual-threat quarterback.

After DA BEARS are the Cincinnati Bengals (+300), Carolina Panthers (+400), Denver Broncos (+500) and Miami Dolphins (+500) to round out the top five options on the oddsboard.

Why The Panthers Will Move On From Newton

The fate of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been one of the hottest topics in the NFL, which is saying something considering all the other drama this season like Antonio Brown’s demise, Lamar Jackson’s rise and swinging helmets.

Newton is in his ninth NFL season and with his playing style, it might as well be his 20th. Dual-threat quarterbacks tend to take a ton of hits, which can make players look like they’ve aged in dog years. Since Week 10 of the 2018 season (when he reportedly first hurt his throwing shoulder), he has been awful throwing the football.

In six games from Week 10 to Week 15 last year, he averaged 250 passing yards with a 9-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio and was sacked 17 times. He missed the remaining two games of the 2018 season and was supposed to be fully recovered going into 2019 after shoulder surgery.

Then in 2019, he hurt his foot in a preseason contest and only started two regular-season games (both losses) before Carolina eventually shut him down for good. The reality is that since the start of the 2016 regular season, Newton has been sacked 106 times in 48 games, which has made the treads on those tires close to being bald.

The NFL is a ruthless league and players are cut or traded in an instant when they can’t help their team, so it seems likely that Carolina may pull the plug on the “Cam Newton Experience” sooner rather than later. Also, it’s worth noting that if the Panthers were to cut Newton, he’d only count as $2 million in dead cap space in 2020, which is very attractive to a team staring a rebuild in the face.

What NFL Team Would Take On Newton?

By my count, at least seven NFL teams will be looking to upgrade their quarterback position for the 2020 season and the most obvious team with a win-now mentality is the Chicago Bears, who have soured on the current starter, Mitch Trubisky.

The Bears have a Super Bowl-ready defense that has been one of the best in the league since the acquisition of Khalil Mack last year and the one phase of the game that has thwarted them is at quarterback (kicker too, but one thing at a time).

Trubisky has regressed significantly in his third season and is only averaging 5.6 yards per passing play, which is the worst in the NFL among quarterbacks (starters or backups).

He also ranks last in passing yards per game (175.6) and 29th in QBR (33.6). Newton would likely fit into this offense perfectly and there are more offensive weapons for him in the Windy City compared to Carolina, so he wouldn’t have to be Superman routinely to win football games.

With Cam being 30 years old, it doesn’t make sense for him to go to a rebuilding situation like in Miami or Cincinnati, so the only other team on the list that would make sense would be the Los Angeles Chargers (+900) if they decided to move on from Philip Rivers.

Old Man Rivers turns 38 in December and while he’s the face of the Chargers, he has been a shell of his former self in 2019 with a 15-to-14 touchdown-to-interception ratio and is not aging gracefully like Tom Brady or Drew Brees.

Another wrinkle to consider is that Rivers is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the rumor mill has started with him potentially going to the Tennessee Titans. Newton would likely come at a discount so imagining him in the powder blue uniforms doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

What Team Will Cam Newton Play For in 2020 NFL Season?
Chicago Bears+250
Cincinnati Bengals+300
Carolina Panthers+400
Denver Broncos+500
Miami Dolphins+500
Los Angeles Chargers+900
Pittsburgh Steelers+900
Tennessee Titans+900
New England Patriots+1000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+1200

Odds as of November 20 at BetOnline