Cam Newton is willing to wait until after the draft, if necessary, to find the right deal, ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler (via Twitter) hears. Newton has been on the market for a little over two weeks and, so far, it sounds like that feeling is mutual. Tons of teams are believed to have interest in the former MVP, but no one is in a rush to sign him at this moment.
The Panthers shopped Newton before officially cutting him on March 24th, and they even announced it publicly to further spread the word (and, possibly, mitigate some PR damage with fans). Of course, once the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to a lucrative free agent deal, they had no real leverage in the matter.
The Chargers are one possible destination for Newton. Head coach Anthony Lynn says that even though Tyrod Taylor is the starter “for now,” he’ll be open to all options under center. That surely will include Newton, who was one of the best QBs in the NFL before he was beset by injuries.
In a recent PFR poll, nearly 34% of readers picked the Chargers as Newton’s most likely destination. The Patriots – who have some mighty big shoes to fill under center – placed second with ~26% of the vote.
Newton, 30, is looking to prove himself all over again following Lisfanc surgery in November. The current restrictions on medical exams could leave him waiting longer than he wants to – teams will want to get a close look at his foot, shoulder, and every other injured body part before making a serious commitment to him.
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