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Odds Favor Cam Newton Signing with Washington, Patriots Listed at +300

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The Washington Redskins are the +200 favorites to sign quarterback Cam Newton. Photo by Parker Anderson (Flickr).
  • The Redskins are +200 favorites to sign quarterback Cam Newton
  • Is Washington ready to give up on Dwayne Haskins? What other teams might be logical landing places for Newton?
  • The odds and analysis relating to this prop are revealed in the story below

The odds suggest that Cam Newton is about to descend upon the nation’s capital.

The 2015 NFL MVP was released last week by the Carolina Panthers. Since Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton most recognizable name in the quarterback marketplace.

The latest odds favor him landing with the Redskins. Washington is the +200 chalk to be the next team to get Newton’s name on an NFL contract.

Odds on Cam Newton’s Team for Week 1, 2020

Team Odds
Washington Redskins +200
Denver Broncos +300
New England Patriots +300
Miami Dolphins +400
Los Angeles Chargers +500
Jacksonville Jaguars +900
Las Vegas Raiders +1600
Pittsburgh Steelers +2800
Cincinnati Bengals +4000

Odds taken March 26th.

As recently as March 18th, the Chicago Bears were favored to land Newton at +125. But Chicago acquired Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

At that time, Washington’s odds of signing Newton were +750.

Washington Seems Logical

There’s a lot that makes sense about Newton choosing the Redskins as his next destination.

Ron Rivera, Newton’s coach for almost his entire NFL career with the Panthers, is the new man in charge in Washington. Secondly, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder isn’t known for being a patient man. In the past two seasons, the club added veteran starting QBs Alex Smith and Case Keenum.

Is Washington giving up on last year’s 15th-overall draft pick Dwayne Haskins already? In nine games last season, including seven starts, Haskins was 2-5. He threw for seven touchdowns and was picked off seven times. His passer rating was 76.1.

The Redskins recently traded for Kyle Allen, Newton’s backup in Carolina. Allen started 12 games last season after Newton’s season-ending foot injury.

Allen’s numbers aren’t much better than Haskins’, though. He was 5-7 with 17 TD passes and 16 interceptions. His passer rating was 80.0.

Would Rivera want both his old QBs at his new destination? He did get fired in Carolina, after all.

Newton A Fit For Chargers

The Panthers claim they sought to trade Newton to both the Bears and Packers but talks gained no traction. The Chargers seem set on selecting a QB with their first-round pick. In the meantime, while that QB develops, isn’t going with Newton a short-term fit?

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn wants a more mobile QB going forward. Newton would be the ideal mentor for someone like Tua Tagovailoa. And he creates instant excitement for a team that’s struggling with attendance and moving into a new stadium.

Patriots A Wild Card

On the one hand, Newton doesn’t seem like a good fit for New England. This is a franchise that’s traditionally developed its QBs from within – Jim Plunkett, Steve Grogan, Drew Bledsoe, Brady.

Then again, the Pats have taken several castoffs from other teams and turned them into productive pieces on Super Bowl squads. They’ve just never done it at QB.

Figuring Out Newton

Denver looks to be locked in with Drew Lock. Both Miami and Jacksonville might be sleepers in the Newton sweepstakes. But the more you look at it, the more the Chargers make the most logical sense as a landing spot.

Speculation is that the Chargers will select Alabama’s Tagovailoa in the first round. He’s coming back from a dislocated hip.

Adding Newton buys Tagovailoa time to heal and the chance to learn from a vet. And they’re likely to bond over their shared SEC experience, as much as the Iron Bowl rivalry will allow anyway.

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (+300)

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