The LA Chargers’ fourth mistake: Potentially not signing Cam Newton
Again, like Peters, this is something the team could still do as at the time of writing this, Cam Newton is still an NFL free agent. However, Anthony Lynn has already admitted that the Chargers considered signing Cam Newton and decided against it, essentially signaling that the team has no interest in signing the former MVP.
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This is a polarizing topic as Newton is a polarizing player with some Charger fans opening their arms to the idea with others wanting nothing to do with Cam and instead are comfortable with Tyrod Taylor.
My logic for wanting the LA Chargers to sign Cam Newton has always been the same.
If you look at the overall numbers from their last three seasons as a starter, Tyrod does have the edge. However, with Cam, assuming he is healthy (which is a big assumption), the ceiling is exponentially higher than with Tyrod.
Tyrod is a solid quarterback and the Chargers can be a winning team with him but I do not think they make it past the Divisional Round. If we got 80 percent of MVP Cam Newton then the Bolts could get past the Divisional Round, easy.
If the price was high it would have never made sense, but it obviously isn’t. He is still on the free-agent market and Jameis Winston, who has more value than Cam, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million.
If you know Cam is going to be a cheap quarterback to sign why not take the relatively minimal risk and sign him to a one-year deal to compete for the quarterback job and give your team a chance of having that higher ceiling? What bad could come out of it?
And if Cam does not impress in training camp or the preseason then the team simply gives the nod to Tyrod Taylor, which is the plan already anyway.