ESPN’s Adam Schefter free agency prediction for Cam Newton probably isn’t what you expected.
A report leading up to Sunday’s regular season finale said the New England Patriots, while making it clear they valued their relationship with him, planned to leave quarterback Cam Newton once the offseason was over.
It’s worth noting that a contradictory rumor claimed that the Patriots haven’t completely closed the door on re-signing Newton, but you have to assume that they will consider all the alternatives available to them before considering bringing him back. .
Barring a drastic turn of events, the three-time Pro Bowler will once again become a free agent. Given his well-documented struggles this season, it remains to be seen whether he will be signed as a substitute or starter.
However, during his appearance on WEEI Radio this week, ESPN insider Adam Schefter shockingly predicted that Newton would end up in Washington with a two-year contract worth between $40-50 million. (!) After taking into account the incentives.
While we expected Washington to be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, we assumed they would pursue a gunslinger who could push the ball down. As impressive as veteran Alex Smith’s comeback story is this year, his limitations in that department, coupled with his inability to sidestep pressure, have really hampered Washington’s ceiling.
Although Newton is still incredibly mobile at 31, he either lost impossible arm strength in a year or his shoulder hasn’t fully recovered from surgery. We like to think it was the last. But unless he can prove he can throw accurately beyond 15 yards, we don’t see how a playoff-caliber team willfully sign him to start under center next year.. especially so far. silver.
The answer is nothing. For the season, Newton ranked 34th among qualified quarterbacks in passing yards per game (177.1) and passing touchdowns (10), 28th in passer rating (82.9), 24th for first downs (133) and 21st in yards per attempt (7.1).
We love Washington’s building blocks on offense, and because of that, we just can’t understand why they’d take such a potentially huge gamble and sign Newton when he’s shown repeatedly this season that he could need time before he is ready to start again.