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.
“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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