Rumors of the quarterback’s departure from the Carolina Panthers could potentially mean the Minnesota Vikings could see him on an NFC North roster in 2020.
For the last handful of years, the Minnesota Vikings have had to face former NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, twice per season whenever they take on the Green Bay Packers. Well now, the Vikings might have to deal with another former league MVP twice per year in addition to Rodgers.
Rumors of Cam Newton’s departure from the Carolina Panthers have been heating up all season long since the team has still been able to win games without their top quarterback on the field. The Panthers just placed Newton on injured reserve and some believe he has already taken his last snap with the team.
If Carolina does indeed look to send him elsewhere during the upcoming offseason, where might he land? Well, there happens to be a certain team in the NFC North that is thought to be among the top potential landing spots.
With Mitchell Trubisky currently failing at pretending to play quarterback, the Chicago Bears will likely be looking for a new signal-caller in 2020 and Newton is someone a number of people believe the team will try to acquire.
The Bears are only projected to have around $12 million in cap space next season though, so it would certainly be interesting to see how they would make room for Newton’s 2020 cap it that is over $21 million.
Also, what kind of compensation would Chicago be willing to give up to acquire the current Carolina quarterback? They’ve already recently given up a first-round draft pick to land Khalil Mack, so would they fine with parting with another first-round selection to add Newton to their roster?
If the current Panthers quarterback somehow did land on the Bears in 2020, it shouldn’t worry the Vikings too much. He’s a talented signal-caller, but he hasn’t had a ton of success against Minnesota during his career, especially since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach in 2014.
Since 2014, Newton has completed 54.7 percent of his passes, averaged 198 passing yards, and thrown a total of two touchdowns and five interceptions in three matchups against Zimmer’s Vikings.
So while the former MVP may add some excitement to Chicago’s fan base if he lands there in 2020, his arrival to the NFC North wouldn’t strike too much fear in Minnesota if Zimmer is still leading the way.