What Does the Future Hold for Cam Newton in the NFL?

Published 01/06/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Cam Newton was once a quarterback destined for Super Bowl glory. In fact, he had a shot at the holy grail back in 2016 with the Carolina Panthers. 

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But a 10-24 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl meant that Cam had to wait for another shot at winning it all. Sadly for him, the wait continues.

And as things stand, the 2015 MVP might never have another shot at getting the coveted Super Bowl ring.

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Injuries ravaged a once-promising career

Ever since being drafted by the Panthers as their first overall pick back in 2011, Cam was a star for the Carolina side. 

A Heisman winner, Cam entered the league with much promise and showed the world from the get-go just why he was worthy of the #1 overall pick. 

In his debut game, Cam threw for 400 yards, a sign of the things to come. His peak, however, came in 2015, when he was named the league MVP and looked destined to guide the Panthers to their first-ever Super Bowl. 

But following the loss to the Broncos, everything went downhill. Multiple injuries started piling up, and Cam and the Panthers never looked close to replicating the form that almost got them their first Super Bowl. 

Eventually, before the start of the 2020 season, the Panthers released him as a free agent.

Miseries compound during spell in New England

When the Patriots announced that they would be signing Cam Newton as their starting QB to replace Tom Brady, the world saw it as a shot at redemption for Cam. 

Signing with one of the greatest dynasties, Cam had one more shot at Super Bowl success. But sadly for Cam, his fairytale story never got going. 

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In his time with the Patriots, Cam managed only 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Patriots failed to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008. 

With his contract now running out and coming off a down season, does he really have a future left in the league?

One last shot for Cam Newton

Newton, now 31, will find it difficult to convince potential suitors to give him a starting role after his shortcomings with the Patriots. 

But even during his time with the Patriots, Cam showed promise. In his first 3 games with the Pats, Cam managed 6 touchdowns. Including 4 rushing touchdowns.

It was only after catching COVID that the former MVP seemed to lose a bit of his sheen. 

Several teams will be looking for a new QB heading into 2021. The Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Detroit Lions are all teams that could do with a quarterback of Cam’s caliber. 

Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) exits the field after a loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe the Patriots’ way just didn’t suit Cam. In fact, a team with a solid O-Line might just be what Cam Newton needs to revive his career. Something that the Colts can offer with elite players like Quenton Nelson, Braden Smith, Ryan Kelly, and Anthony Castonzo.

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Cam still has the fire in him to continue at the top level. But the ageing quarterback can only succeed if the team around him suits his dual-threat style of play.

NFL neutrals will hope that 2020 is not the last we see of ‘Super Cam’. As we all know just how lethal the quarterback can be when he gets in his groove.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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