A winging-like post from Cam Newton calling his own employer on Instagram wasn’t even the quarterback’s biggest news of the day in the NFL.
Tom Brady said Tuesday morning that his time with the New England Patriots was over as he posted on social media, in part, “my football journey will continue elsewhere.”
The Panthers announcement they gave Cam Newton permission to seek a trade and then reportedly had to sign quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Newton responded in the comments:
“Stop with the pun,” Newton wrote in his unusual, brand-specific typeface. “There’s no dodging this one; I love the Panthers to the death and I will always love you guys !! Please don’t try to play me, or manipulate the narrative and to act as I wanted; you forced me to that !! ”
So how could all of this affect the Cardinals?
On the one hand, the Cardinals have the eighth pick in the draft. The Bengals, Dolphins, Chargers and Panthers are all teams ahead of Arizona in draft order that need a QB on Tuesday. Bridgewater at Carolina and a potential signing of Brady by the Chargers would likely ensure that one of the top three call-off prospects is still on the board when Arizona is on the clock.
Joe Burrow, first overall in Cincinnati and Tua Tagovailoa, fifth overall for the Dolphins, would leave Justin Herbert of Oregon or Jordan Love of Utah, among others.
Perhaps that would prompt another needy team to trade with Arizona. The Cardinals’ needs, aside from a starting right tackle and inside and outside linebackers, are largely based on depth after trading for wide DeAndre Hopkins and reportedly signed defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. That could mean the Cardinals can afford to turn the eighth pick into multiple picks afterwards.
There’s also the question mark who is Brett Hundley, who was Kyler Murray’s replacement in 2019 and remains without a contract for 2020. Bringing him back would seem logical, but that may depend on how the quarterbacks carousel around the NFL influences the willingness of teams to spend on a depth option.
The Cardinals’ cap situation will require them to be judicious in how they spend the rest of this offseason.