Los Angeles Chargers: Why trading for Cam Newton makes sense

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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers /

Tom Brady is not going to be the next quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers, however, there is a chance that the team still swings a trade for a big name in Cam Newton.

The Los Angeles Chargers were in the running for Tom Brady until the very end, but ultimately, Brady decided to stay on the East Coast and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While there has been no official announcement yet, the deal is expected to be for $30 million per season, according to Ian Rapoport (h/t CBS Sports).

Some fans rejoiced over this, and it is not hard to see why. Brady is on the wrong side of 40 and because of his cost, it would have seemed foolish to sign him rather than just sticking with Philip Rivers.

There is another big-name quarterback now that is splitting the fanbase and that is Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers reportedly are allowing Newton to seek a trade and either way he is likely going to be out of Carolina, as the team signed Teddy Bridgewater to a $63 million contract.

The Los Angeles Chargers would be a great fit to trade for Newton. While there certainly are their drawbacks, such as his recent health and inconsistency under center, it would still be a smart risk for the team to take that could potentially take the Chargers to new heights, even if it is only for one season.

There are three main reasons why trading for Newton would be a smart thing for the Los Angeles Chargers to do.