Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Cam Netwon Free Agency Odds
By: James Tillman
It wasn’t that long ago when the Carolina Panthers were considered a good football team. Five years ago, the Panthers finished with a 15-1 record. Cam Newton was named league MVP and the Panthers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl.
They went on to lose to the Denver Broncos 24-10, but it wasn’t too far of a stretch to think that this squad was on the cusp of becoming a perennial playoff contender. Unfortunately, that didn’t come to fruition as Carolina has missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. This includes the 2019 campaign in which they went just 5-11. As a result, the Panthers are parting ways with Cam Newton, setting the stage for everybody to start betting on Cam Newton’s free agency odds and the Cam Newton Week 1 Team odds.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the odds of the teams Newton is most likely to suit up for in 2020.
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Third-Best Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Miami Dolphins (+300)
The Miami Dolphins finished the 2019 NFL season with a 5-11 record. Not only that, but they were also ranked 25th in scoring as they averaged just 19.1 points per outing. Based on those numbers, it is rather obvious that they need some help at the quarterback position. However, the Dolphins still have Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fold and they are expected to select a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Additionally, they also have third-year quarterback Josh Rosen on the roster as well. With that in mind, While the Dolphins could use help at one of the most important positions in the league, Newton doesn’t appear to be a good fit in this scenario.
Second-Best Cam Newton Week 1 Team Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars (+300)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are just three years removed from an appearance in the AFC championship game. Since that time, though, they have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. This includes a 6-10 showing during the 2019 campaign. On one hand, the Jaguars traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a fourth-round draft selection. While that move could signal that they are in the market for a starting QB.
On the flip side of the coin, what this could also mean is that the Jaguars are ready to hand over the offense to Gardner Minshew. Also, taking into consideration that Jay Gruden – who was once the offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals – currently holds the same position in Jacksonville, it is being rumored that former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton would be a better fit than Newton.
The Cam Netwon Week 1 Team Odds on Favorite: Washington Redskins (+200)
Following a pair of seasons in which they posted a 7-9 record, the Washington Redskins produced just three wins in 2019. Moreover, their 16.6 points per outing ranked dead last in the NFL. Simply put, this team is in dire need of a solid signal–caller. The Redskins and Newton make a good pairing for a couple of reasons. First off, Washington hired Ron Rivera after he and the Panthers parted ways. As it was previously mentioned, Newton flourished under Rivera during his MVP campaign, throwing a career-high 35 touchdowns. Secondly, Dwayne Haskins – who Washington selected in last year’s NFL Draft — was just 2-5 as a starter and threw as many interceptions as he did touchdowns (seven).
Newton and Haskins would have to compete for the starting spot during the offseason. However, Newton should emerge victorious in that competition. Being that Washington gives Newton the best chance to remain a starter at the quarterback position, this is the most logical spot for him.