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With most NFL teams set at starting quarterback, Cam Newton is a player without a home. The Carolina Panthers released Newton after signing Teddy Bridgewater to be their starter, and clubs haven't rushed to sign the former MVP. His market could be stagnating due to the fact that he's coming off foot surgery and the coronavirus pandemic is preventing teams from evaluating players with their own doctors.
So where will Newton end up? The Los Angeles Chargers are the clear favorites to land Newton, but there's another team further down the oddsboard that makes more sense.
|Los Angeles Chargers||-150|
|New England Patriots||+650|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+1200|
The Chargers are the -150 favorites to sign Newton, but Los Angeles looks ready to go into the season with Tyrod Taylor under center. That could change, and perhaps the team revisits adding a quarterback like Newton or Jameis Winston to compete with Taylor. But with the team's decision-makers publicly stating they're not looking to add a quarterback after missing out on Tom Brady, the Chargers are way overvalued at -150.
The Jaguars have an obvious need for a player like Newton. The team plans to start second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew and has little depth behind him. The problem with Jacksonville, though, is that it's going through a major rebuilding phase. The Jaguars' projected win total for 2020 is set at 5, the lowest such number in the NFL. Jacksonville could certainly use an upgrade at quarterback, but it doesn't feel like a good fit for Newton, who turns 31 in May. Unless the Jaguars are the only team interested, look for Cam to sign elsewhere.
The Patriots signed Brian Hoyer to compete with Jarrett Stidham, but New England remains the most intriguing spot for Newton after the team lost Brady. As mentioned above, teams aren't allowed to administer player physicals right now due to the coronavirus. It's possible Newton has already spoken to Bill Belichick about coming to New England and the two sides are simply waiting until a physical can happen.
Signing Newton to a one-year deal would not only help the Patriots on the field in 2020, but it would also give Stidham another year to develop before taking over as the starter. With no other teams showing serious interest, the Pats at +650 are the best bet on the board.
Thomas Casale is theScore's supervising editor of sports betting. He's been following the sports betting industry for almost 30 years. A devoted fan of the wishbone offense, Thomas bets on all sports but specializes in college football, NFL, and college basketball. Find him on Twitter @TheTomCasale.