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REPORT: Quarterback Cam Newton Is Open To Being A Backup

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It sounds like Cam Newton is okay with signing as a backup quarterback.

It was previously believed that Newton had zero interest in being a backup, and would only sign to be a team’s starter after the Panthers cut him loose. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

 

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However, that might not be the reality of the situation for the Auburn Heisman winner. According to Ian Rapoport, Newton “has not ruled out” signing with a team to be a backup if the situation is a good one.

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Well, it sounds like Newton is opening up his eyes to the reality of the situation. It sounds like he’s realizing there isn’t a job out there for him as a starter.

If he wants to be on a roster week one, it’s almost certainly going to have to be as a backup. That’s just the way it is.

 

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Now, that doesn’t mean Newton can’t have a bright few years ahead of him. If he signs with a team with a weak starter or an injury prone one, then he could see the field sooner than later.

If he plays well and proves he is capable of returning to his old form, then he could ink a new deal down the road for another payday.

However, he needs to prove he can still play. His play had dropped off a cliff by the time he left the Panthers, and the dual-threat quarterback has had health issues.

 

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We’ll see where he lands, but if he’s willing to be a backup, then he should be signed sooner than later.