Ron Rivera doesn’t want Cam Newton with the Redskins
However, Rivera has quickly shot that notion down, saying that Newton simply does not make sense for the Redskins:
“At the end of the day, we have a young football team with a young quarterback in position,” said Rivera, according to Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins’ team website. “We have the chance to set and establish a thing so that’s the way we’re looking at it.”
The funny thing is, Rivera did recently bring in a signal-caller he coached in Carolina, acquiring Kyle Allen in a trade with the Panthers earlier this week.
Clearly, Rivera is interested in more of a youth movement, which the soon-to-be-31-year-old Newton does not fit:
“We really like what we have in terms of our young quarterbacks,” added Rivera. “Kyle is also a young guy who has a live arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I’m excited about what the potential could be.”
With Washington having both Dwayne Haskins and Allen aboard, the club is pretty much set under center, so if Newton had any hopes of landing with the man who coached him for most of his first nine seasons in Carolina, they have now been dashed.
Newton began his career with the Panthers in 2011 and eventually led Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015-16 campaign, winning NFL MVP honors in the process.
However, since then, injuries have derailed Newton. He has undergone a pair of shoulder surgeries since the end of 2016, and earlier this offseason, he underwent a foot procedure to repair an issue that limited him to two games in 2019.