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Ron Rivera won’t rule out signing Cam Newton: ‘It depends on the circumstances’

Ron Rivera won’t rule out signing Cam Newton: ‘It depends on the circumstances’

The Redskins are poised to head into the 2020 season with Dwayne Haskins looking to show he belongs as a starting quarterback in the NFL and Kyle Allen backing him up as a player already familiar with the playbook after his time under Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers.

That being said, Rivera isn’t necessarily ruling out the idea of bringing in another signal-caller to add to the mix. On Thursday, Rivera was asked during an appearance on NFL Network whether he’s considered signing his former quarterback in Carolina, three-time Pro Bowler and 2015 MVP Cam Newton, to make it two former Carolina QBs in Washington.

A Newton-to-Washington possibility has been floated repeatedly since Rivera took the job, but the new Redskins head coach has consistently said he believes in the team's current starter, Haskins.

“You know, the thing about Cam really is the situation,” Rivera said on Thursday. “We're in a situation where we've got two really young quarterbacks, one that's been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done and the other one is a guy who was taken last year in the first round and shows some promise.

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“I think with Cam, and I have thought about it, I mean, it's something that's run through my mind, and it's about the situation and circumstances. I'm not sure I would do it. I'm not sure if I wouldn't do it. It depends on circumstances.”

Newton played under Rivera for nine seasons until the latter was fired following a 5-9 start to the season. Limited to just two games in 2019 due to a foot injury, Newton was released by the Panthers in March after they signed former New Orleans Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater to take over quarterback duties under new head coach Matt Rhule.

“We did what we thought was right,” Rhule said in an interview with Charlotte radio station WFNZ on Tuesday. “We did what we thought was right for the future. And we’re going to have to do that year in and year out. This is a game of change. This is a game of turnover. All you can do is do things the right way.”

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

As the Washington football team mulls over the increasingly likely decision to change its name from the Redskins, the parent company of the Harlem Globetrotters suggested Friday that it'd be interested in giving the team another option.

According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

The Generals also have other local ties, as the team's former owner/coach/player Red Klotz was a member of the 1948 title-winning Baltimore Bullets.

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