The Buffalo Bills have shown in the past that they take their No. 2 quarterback spot behind Josh Allen seriously. That’s why Mitchell Trubisky replaced Matt Barkley last offseason as the Bills’ QB2.
Fast forward to present day, it looks like Trubisky will be signing with a new team in free agency. The Bills have said they expect that to happen–but Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane also noted the importance of replacing Trubisky.
Calling Cam Newton?
Our friends over at Panthers Wire named six potential spots for Newton to sign this offseason. He’s a pending free agent.
The Bills were one.
But we have a curveball. Panthers Wire did so using Newton’s own system which landed him in Carolina last season.
Newton wanted, per Panthers Wire:
- He wanted to go to a contender.
- He wanted to go to a situation that allowed him to be himself.
- He wanted to go to a situation that allowed him to compete for the starting job.
How does this criteria match the Bills?
The full breakdown and the “score” for Buffalo being a match:
Contender score: 10/10
“Be me” score: 9/10
Starting job score: 0/10
Talk about extremes.
Given that Buffalo is trending towards finally becoming a Super Bowl team—there are very few, if any, organizations that can offer Cam a chance to win like this AFC powerhouse. It also doesn’t hurt that Newton is well-acquainted with head coach Sean McDermott, who was Carolina’s defensive coordinator from 2011 to 2016.
The Bills, conversely, are all set at quarterback with Josh Allen. Funnily enough, they are also one of the few organizations who couldn’t really find an upgrade at the position if they tried.
But if it’s about winning and going somewhere that’ll embrace Newton’s personality, that fun-loving mafia up north may help make for a destination that’s second to none.
Total score: 19/30
All things considered, Newton to the Bills could be an idea worth entertaining.
Naturally there’s numerous connections between Newton and the Bills.
While he might hope for a starting job, that might be a longshot. Newton was not overly effective starting for the Panthers last season.
Still, Carolina’s roster does not match Buffalo’s. In the same mindset as Trubisky, Newton, if Allen does go down, is someone the Bills could have some confidence in.
Not to mention, prior to Allen being drafted, many compared his game to Newton’s. Big, strong and mobile.
First it appears Buffalo will wait and see if Trubisky is signed once free agency begins on March 14.
If that doesn’t happen, the Bills already said they’d want Trubisky back.
Assuming it does happen, perhaps the next order of business is Newton.
…Newton–who, by the way, had a quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2017 by the name of Ken Dorsey a.k.a. Buffalo’s offensive coordinator.
Newton was the first-overall pick by the Panthers in 2011 and knows Dorsey well.