Saturday, January 16, 2021

Just Say NO! Cam Newton rumors swirl around Cards

As the NFL gets closer to training camp (hopefully) rumors are swirling around Cam Newton’s next team. While in the face of it a landing in Arizona may seem to make sense for a team with Brett Hundley as the back-up signing Newton would only turn the Cards into a 2020 circus that no-one needs.

Kyler Murray is the unquestioned future for the Arizona Cardinals. The 2019 NFL Rookie of the year, with his 20 touchdown passes, 12 interceptions, and 3,722 passing yards is here for the long haul. There is no doubt about that.

This isn’t New Orleans where they need a veteran QB in case the aging wonder Drew Brees gets hurt again. The Saints need a QB who could step in and lead the team barely missing a beat. The Saints window is closing. The Cardinals window is still not even installed.

Cam Newton is the circus

Don’t get me wrong I think Cam Newton still has a place in the NFL as a starting QB. He is arguably better than at least 10 of the current starts. But Arizona is not somewhere he can set up his tent for the long haul. Arizona is a place he would sit on the bench and do nothing to rebuild his rep.

Cam Newton is a quality top-10 NFL starting quarterback. No one should want him to sit on a bench. Sure Cam could use some time to learn being a bit more humble, and a bit less of a showman the entire time. But he’s not a backup. He’s too good for that.

Cam Newton is too good to sit on the bench ©Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Cam Newton is too good to sit on the bench ©Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

If Cam Newton comes to Arizona to backup Kyler Murray no one wins. When Murray struggles, as all young quarterbacks do at times, Cam will be waiting. And Cam will impress. It’s what Cam does. And then you have a quarterback controversy and a young quarterback who risks being set back in his development by sitting the next 2,6, 10 games of the season while Cam does his thing.

And then what?

Do you then pay Cam the $25 million-plus per season he will want to stay after his prove-it year? I hope not, because you have a younger QB who is your future. So if you’re not keeping him then why sign him in the first place? It makes no sense…for anyone.

So while it’s fun to speculate, and Vegas needs to pick teams to have odds for, it’s pointless mumbo-jumbo of the variety that is tasteless. Why sign a QB like Cam Newton when you’re not in your window?

The Cardinals have made an absolute hash of the QB position in the last few seasons, but finally, praise the football Gods have Kyler Murray. To blow it now would be the worst decision of a far too large sample.

So rest easy Red Sea, this is NEVER going to happen.

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