It was just announced this afternoon that Teddy Bridgewater is in talks with the Carolina Panthers. Also on March 10th, the Carolina Panthers re-signed backup quarterback Kyle Allen. The Bridgewater deal being worked on is in the ballpark of three years and would be worth $60 million dollars.
The Bears, who early afternoon on Monday were reported to be in talks with Teddy Bridgewater, find themselves without a quarterback since those talks halted early in the evening and their attention shifted to guys like Nick Foles and Andy Dalton. I am here to tell you that neither of those guys is the answer, and our best viable option moving forward is Cam Newton.
The Panthers reported that they have granted Cam Newton permission to seek a trade, which leaves him available for the many suitors this off-season that need a quarterback. Cam unfortunately never requested the trade and was seen on Instagram, replying in his special Cam Newton hieroglyphic Instagram language, that only he understands denying that he ever asked for the trade and that he was forced into this position. All signs lead to Newton being dealt in the coming days.
For the Bears its the perfect fit and he can be had for a lower price then he would have been before the Bridgewater reports and trade request reports occurred. Newton’s contract has him due to be a free agent after next season, so if the trade doesn’t end up working out, the Bears are not on the hook to pay him after next season. If he balls out, pay that man his money and keep Mitchell Trubisky in the backup role. Newton is not necessarily the same player that took the Panthers to the Super Bowl just a few seasons ago, but he is an upgrade at the QB position over Trubisky.
With Newton at quarterback, the Bears can expand on their running game as well as be substantially more productive in the 2020 season. You definitely will not see a game with Cam Newton at the helm where there is under 15 rushes in a game. One of the underlying issues in regards to Cam is his health, as he sat out basically the entire 2019 season due to a foot injury that required surgery. As a passer, Newton is more polished than Trubisky and has always produced good numbers despite not having the best weapons throughout his time in Carolina.
He is a playmaker, can extend the play, is strong in the pocket, has a strong arm and on top of all of that, he is 6’5″ and 245 pounds making him a hard tackle for any opposing defender. The Bears cannot afford to drop the ball on which quarterback they select to bring in to compete with Trubisky and I believe the best option for the Bears to be successful in 2020 is Cam Newton.