Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

Cam Newton is still out of work. 

The Carolina Panthers released the three-time Pro Bowler nearly two months ago, but now that the NFL Draft has now come and gone, and the shuffling of quarterbacks around the league has come to a halt, Newton remains without a franchise to call home. 

Greg Olsen, who was Newton’s teammate for nine seasons, believes he knows why.

“Getting released after the lockdown was put in place, I think really limited his chances of teams A.) seeing that he was healthy and B.) just having a conversation with your potential new quarterback,” Olsen told reporters on Tuesday. “I think that’s been a challenge for him. I just hope that as things continue opening up and life sort of starts resembling some normalcy again that he can start checking off some of those boxes because he’s too good of a player to not be on a team right now.”

He continued, “If he would have been released a little earlier, kind of like me, I was able to get out in front, come visit Seattle. Maybe Seattle doesn’t sign me if I don’t have a chance to go out there and meet them and the see me and do my physical.”

Olsen was released by Carolina on February 3 when restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak were not yet in place. This allowed the veteran tight end to make visits to Buffalo, Washington and Seattle and take physicals with each team. Olsen signed with the Seahawks in late February.

 

Newton, on the other hand, was not released until March 24 after the free agent signing period had begun and travel bans impacted the league.

“I think the timing of everything going on in the world and specifically as it pertains to our country and the NFL, with him coming off the injuries, was just really not an ideal situation," Olsen said. 

Foot and shoulder injuries caused Newton to miss all but two games in 2019. While it was reported in late March that Newton had passed a physical, the inability to show prospective teams he can play like the Cam Newton of years’ past likely remains a concern. 

Much like Super Bowl 50 when Newton failed to pursue a fumble recovery or an interception in the biggest game of his life, his chances at NFL glory are quickly zipping away. 

At this point, Newton could follow in the path of Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston and sign a one-year deal as backup quarterback. Heck, it’s a deal the Seattle Seahawks could even be interested in at the right price. 

But if he waits it out in this unique quarterback market, Newton could find himself unemployed for the next year or awaiting a call from a team for when someone gets hurt. He’s 30 years old, and will be 31 in a few days, there’s no telling how much he has left in the tank.