LA Chargers: Ranking the potential starting quarterbacks options
By Jason Reed
LA Chargers starting quarterback option: 2. Cam Newton
Every day that Cam Newton does not sign with an NFL team his price is getting lower and he becomes an even better fit for the LA Chargers. The Chargers absolutely should not break the bank for Cam, but if his price gets to the point where it is doable (which it is) then they should go for it.
Maybe there is a chance that the team is waiting until after the 2020 NFLL Draft to see how that plays out (because of the number 1 player on this list) until they sign Cam. While there have been reports that they are not interested, those reports could be put out to lower his price further and Anthony Lynn even said they are turning over every rock this offseason.
So why Newton over Taylor? The answer is simple: Newton has a much higher ceiling than Taylor and if he returns to 80 percent of his MVP form he could be good enough to carry the Chargers deep into the playoffs.
Are there concerns about Newton? Absolutely. Could Taylor be better than Newton in 2020? Absolutely. However, for such a small potential price, passing on a mobile quarterback who fits the offense with a higher ceiling is absurd.
The one counterpoint to Newton that I will accept is his lockerroom demeanor and whether or not that would fit with the Chargers, but that is something that the team will gauge and I don’t think will be a problem for Newton, as he has to prove his worth this season.
And if Newton fails then the Chargers can just turn the keys to the offense over to Tyrod Taylor, anyway. Why not sign Newton for pennies on the dollar to be a better bridge quarterback? Only one player should stop the team from doing so.