Bears rumors: Cam Newton would ‘welcome’ trade to Chicago
Injured Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wouldn’t be opposed to a trade to the Chicago Bears. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 2015 MVP would “welcome” a trade to Chicago “if they’re in the market for a quarterback” after the 2019 season.
“The likely scenario is Cam Newton is playing for a different team next offseason and here’s why — he’s due $19 million in salary and none of it is guaranteed. He is a franchise quarterback who is intent on being healthy for March,” said Rapoport on Thursday, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “That means he’s very tradeable, similar to Joe Flacco, a place by the way like Chicago if they’re in the market for a quarterback. From my understanding, Cam Newton would in fact welcome that if it all worked out.”
Newton, who was recently placed on the injured reserve, is pondering the thought of surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his foot. If he does so, a timetable for recovery would likely sit in-between 8-10 weeks, per Rapoport. The expectation is that the Panthers move on from Newton in the offseason with his backup, Kyle Allen, outperforming expectations.
Newton struggled at the beginning of the season, losing back-to-back games before Allen took over. In the two outings, he compiled 572 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception on a 56.2% completion rate.
If Newton were to join the Bears, the 30-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler would be replacing incumbent starter Mithcell Trubisky. The No. 2 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Trubisky has struggled immensely since his Pro-Bowl appearance in 2018, posting a below-average 85.2 passer rating on the year.