The Carolina Panthers had an intriguing start to 2020 by releasing former 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton.
Newton missed 14 games last season because of a foot injury that ultimately resulted in surgery, ending his season. A team that was widely considered by most NFL fans to go after Cam was the Los Angeles Chargers.
The coaches and general managers stayed under the radar when Cam’s name came up in conversation before the draft, regardless of him being attached to the Bolts as a fit. Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn confirmed this week that they did in fact consider Cam, but at the time Lynn was comfortable with Tyrod Taylor.
Lynn said that he “feels really good about the quarterback room that I have”.
At the time that room included Tyrod Taylor and sophomore quarterback from North Dakota State, Easton Stick.
Regardless of being age 31, Newton can still play and he’s reportedly back to 100% health.
“Cam is a tremendous quarterback,” Lynn added. “He’s been an MVP of this league, he’s led his team to a Super Bowl and he’s healthy now, from what I hear”.
As good as a fit that Cam could’ve been with the Bolts, the staff obviously had a different plan in mind. Anthony Lynn clearly respects Newton’s game, but after parting ways with long time Charger, Philip Rivers, the smarter choice is to go young. That is what the team did, and Lynn did confirm he knew they were going to try and get their guy in the draft this year.
The Chargers ended up taking Oregon standout quarterback Justin Herbert, with the 6th overall selection in this year’s draft.
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