If you feel like a league-wide quarterback shuffle is on the horizon, just know that you’re not alone. And if it does happen, you could very well expect the Chicago Bears to be a part of it in one way or another.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport opened the window to something that could be quite intriguing to the Bears, in the form of an experienced playmaker who seems as open to moving on (perhaps even to Chicago) as his team is to moving on from him.
Check it out:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2019
In the video above, Rapoport says Panthers quarterback Cam Newton would welcome a trade to the Chicago Bears. Hello.
Newton is currently on injured reserve because of a foot injury that’s lingered and kept him off the field since Week 3. Indeed, Rapoport hears that Newton’s intent is to be fully healthy by March, so much so that he’s reportedly now considering foot surgery in order to put himself in a spot to be fully healthy by the time the offseason rolls around. And if the Bears are in the market for a quarterback at that point (which seems likely), he would welcome a trade to the Bears.
So, yeah, it seems pretty significant that a certified franchise quarterback, who’s led his team to a Super Bowl berth and won league MVP honors, seems open to the idea of being traded … to a team like the Bears that would be in search of a quarterback next offseason.
In addition to potentially being the most talented and accomplished quarterback who could be on the market this coming offseason, Newton comes with a contract that should be easy to deal. Yes, he has $19 million coming his way — but none of it is guaranteed. And it’s just for one year. That could be appetizing for a team like the Bears that is looking for a quarterback with equal parts high floor and high upside, but isn’t locked into a long-term contract (so that they could still draft a developmental quarterback in the second round (here are several options, if you’re interested)). And even though we’re a long way away from diving too deep into the quarterback waters, Newton shoots to the top of any list if he becomes available and if the Bears have a need. And so long as GM Ryan Pace is calling the shots, no trade option should be viewed as unfeasible.
We’re going to keep a close eye on this one. That’s for sure.