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This is Yardbarker's Chris Mueller.
Cam Newton's time with the Carolina Panthers is officially at an end, and now the 2015 MVP is looking for work — though questions about his shoulder health and an operation to fix a Lisfranc injury in his foot have raised questions about how in demand he's going to be.
Let's take a look, however, at the three best fits for Newton in free agency.
The Los Angeles Chargers have committed to Tyrod Taylor, at least so far. If they kick the tires on Newton and decide he's worth the risk, Taylor is going to be swiftly pushed aside.
Newt would have built-in weapons for him in the form of Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen, plus a talented defense anchored by young stars in Derwin James and Joey Bosa.
Los Angeles has the cap room to make a Newton deal work, and he's the kind of magnetic star and great personality that might help attract fans to a franchise that's currently toiling in obscurity.
Like the Chargers, the Jacksonville Jaguars have seemingly committed to Gardner Minshew as their started moving forward. But Minshew wasn't particularly impressive in 2019, and he certainly didn't show enough to have a stranglehold on the job.
Jacksonville has some cap issues, and they're currently on the hook for $33.9 million in dead money next season. That's the second highest total in the league.
But if the Jags want to try and jump-start their rebuild and excite a fan base that hasn't had much to cheer about, Newton would fit the bill.
Lastly, there is New England.
The Patriots are currently in salary cap purgatory. They have just under $5 million to work with, $23 million in dead cap next year.
If a deal with Newton is going to happen in Foxborough, it would have to be creatively structured, or Newton would simply have to take a bargain rate to play for Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.
Now rumors abound that Belichick has wanted a dual-threat quarterback as his successor to Tom Brady. And if for some reason he doesn't want to scuffle along with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham, the Pats could try to make a splash and bring in Newton.
So there you have it, three possible free agent fits for Cam Newton.
For Yardbarker, I'm Chris Mueller.
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