The Philadelphia Eagles settled their backup quarterback situation by trading for former Jaguars signal-caller Gardner Minshew. This essentially takes them out of the running to sign Cam Newton (at least it should) but it’s not farfetched at all to think that Newton could soon be a quarterback in the NFC East.
One of the most obvious landing spots for Newton’s services would be Dallas where the backup to Dak Prescott is currently Cooper Rush. We didn’t get to see Rush in action last year despite Prescott’s injury but he’s been with the Cowboys in some capacity since 2017.
Another logical destination for Newton would be our nation’s capital, as his former head coach, Ron Rivera, is the man in charge for the Washington Football Team. Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter entering the 2021 season with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke also lingering on the roster.
The Eagles and Giants are two teams in the division who probably won’t reach out to Newton. Maybe Philadelphia would have prior to trading for Minshew but the Eagles got the better option. Minshew is still a young player and will be able to step in if Jalen Hurts is either injured or ineffective. Newton might play a similar style to that of Hurts but he hasn’t been the same quarterback in several years.
Cam Newton makes sense in the NFC East as a Philadelphia Eagles rival.
The Cowboys make the most sense for Newton. He wouldn’t be pressured with having to start, as Prescott is the man in Big D barring injury. Newton isn’t the same electric quarterback that he was in the early to mid-2010s for the Panthers but he’s an experienced player who knows the ropes and could help Prescott out a lot.
Newton probably isn’t coming to the Philadelphia Eagles but that doesn’t mean he won’t be joining the NFC East and strolling the sidelines for two games against them this year.
The question then is — Will he be a backup for the Cowboys or for Washington and will he end up seeing any action during the regular season?