NFL Insider Campaigns for Broncos to Sign QB Cam Newton

Chad Jensen

Eight years ago, the Denver Broncos rolled the dice by signing an older ex-MVP quarterback. Peyton Manning completely altered the course of the Broncos, leading the franchise to unprecedented dominance from 2012-15, which culminated in the team's third World Championship. 

Trying to recapture lightning in a bottle, GM John Elway chose to acquire another former Super Bowl MVP quarterback in Joe Flacco last year. Elway hedged that particular bet by also moving up to select Drew Lock at pick 42 in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Suffice to say, the Flacco move didn't pan out but thanks to Elway's preemptive move to draft Lock, the Broncos appear to have finally 'bounced off the bottom' of the doldrums they've inhabited since Manning hung up his cleats. Denver has a good thing going and now, one of the market's most famous insiders is pounding the table for Elway to alter the team's quarterback equation by adding another ex-MVP. 

Woody Paige is advocating for the Broncos to go out and sign Cam Newton, who's currently languishing on the free-agent market. The 31-year-old former No. 1 overall draft pick (2011) was released by the Carolina Panthers back in March and is coming off a 2019 season in which he missed 14-of-16 games due to a lingering, nagging foot/lower-leg injury. 

Meanwhile, the Broncos went out and found their band-aid backup QB to plop behind Lock. Jeff Driskel, an NFL journeyman, is a smart, athletic signal-caller best suited to a backup, fail-safe type of roll. One thing Driskel is not? Any threat to unseat Lock as the guy. Driskel isn't even a threat to be perceived as a threat to Lock's standing as the dude in the Broncos' locker room. 

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Why Newton Doesn't Make Sense

Adding a star player like Newton to the mix would not only muddy that locker-room water but it would send the wrong message to Lock and to the fans. Heading into his second year, Lock needs to be given the room to grow into the franchise-caliber player the team brass believes he can be. 

Besides, Newton isn't about to accept a back-up job. And even if he was, I'd have a hard time seeing Newton accept a backup job to a newcomer like Lock. 

Newton is holding out in hopes that once NFL teams hit training camp this summer and the dust begins to settle on certain QB situations around the league, some GM or head coach will realize the error of his ways and come calling. Like in the case of the New England Patriots. Newton might not be a prototypical fit for Bill Belichick but at least he's proven, whereas projected starter Jarrett Stidham is the epitome of unproven and untested. 

The truth is, Newton hasn't been the same since Von Miller and the Broncos defense decimated him in Super Bowl 50. In fairness, Newton has struggled with the injury bug but after taking the league by storm in 2015, when he totaled 4,500-plus yards and 45 touchdowns from scrimmage, his career arc was seemingly snuffed out in the blink of an eye (or however long it takes for Miller to jump the snap, bend the edge, and knock the ball out of the QB's hands). 

I understand Paige's impulse to bolster the Broncos' QB depth because once you get beyond Lock, who has only five career starts, the pickens are slim. But this isn't a championship-or-bust season. 2020 is all about Lock and the ultimate destiny of the Broncos this season is contingent on his success.

Lock needs to be given that rope and that's exactly what Elway and company intend on doing. If current QBs Coach Mike Shula could extract an MVP performance out of Newton in 2015, I like his odds of coaching Lock through his Year 2 learning curve just fine. 

When it comes to breaking news, there are few voices I trust in the Mile High City like I do Paige's. His sources reach to the highest levels of the Broncos. But in this matter of opinion, it's a slow NFL news cycle after all. 

Follow Chad on Twitter @ChadNJensen and @MileHighHuddle.

Comments (22)
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Tebow1507
Tebow1507

This argument makes no sense. We did it Tebow and earned the right to be Peyton s understudy. If Cam is healthy sign him and make Lock a Cam s backup or vice versa. We still have our QB of the future, when the time comes reup with Lock and keep the dynasty going. This is what Elway should have done with Tebow and he should do the same with Drew Lock of we sign Cam.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

It's funny and puzzling how some in the national media are so ignorant to what the Broncos are doing with Drew Lock at QB.

BobMorris
BobMorris

I really wish the talk about how the Broncos should sign Cam Newton would stop. The best place for Newton to go is a team that doesn't have its QB position settled or has serious questions around its current veteran option.

The Broncos are in neither category.

BeGoodBroncos
BeGoodBroncos

It seems that Shula kinda gets overlooked a bit. I think he'll be real good for Lock

Brew77
Brew77

The only plus to signing Newton is Mike Shula who was once his OC so he would know how to best use Newton. Other than that there is NO reasonable reason to sign Cam the guy is a shell of his former self after 2 shoulder surgeries his arm will never be the same. People need to figure out this is Drew Lock’s team the moves made this offseason should tell you that bringing in former starting QB’s would only bring in doubt and ridicule on that fact. As far as the QB depth look around the league and you will see pretty much the same thing a proven starter and a questionable backup there are exceptions but with QB’s making so much money now that is just the norm. Why not give Lock a real chance to be the QB here before you bring in his replacement because if you sign Cam his thought is not to sit behind Lock it is to succeed him.

Orangesoda1
Orangesoda1

He is old and beat up . He is not too smart quit suggesting back up . we don't need guys like him

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

I love Woody's wit and goofiness as an analyst, especially when he was on "Around the Horn" regularly, but this is nonsense. Cam's best opportunity would be to either wait this year out to get fully healthy (and take advantage of being able to travel freely outside of a Covid environment) or try to convince Belichick to sign him. They have arguably the most volatile QB situation as it is with Jarrett Stidham and Brian House, and Josh McDaniels may be able to work something to fit Newton's strengths.

Not Denver. Please stop it.

rogue719
rogue719

A couple of things. Cam is not a good QB. He's a younger Joe Flacco. Von Miller broke Cam in SB50 and if Carolina thought he was still a good QB, he would be on their roster. So let's please stop the talk about Cam Newton. He's done. His new nickname is "footsteps."
Second thing. Woody Paige is an insider with great sources within the team management structure. What Woody Paige is NOT is a serious arbiter of talent on the team or in the league. You want information on what Elway or Ellis may do and why, talk to Woody. If you want to know whether Cam Newton could ever reach starter quality play again or even earn his pay, don't waste your time.

rogue719
rogue719

Woody's main talent as a sportswriter is his wordplay. He is fun to read. It's his primary strength.

Heeted
Heeted

Broncos are 1-2 pieces from completing a successful rebuild ... Cam would be going in the wrong direction period. QB's are not the rare commodity they once were as teams appear to be happy with their young talent

Daussamp
Daussamp

That self-serving act is not what Denver wants. Samething with Kaperjoke. Im fine with salutes.

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

Cam won't accept a back up role and it is doubtful that he is ready for the starting gig with the injuries. It doesn't make sense, but it gets people talking.

Scws
Scws

Broncos dont need a cry baby qb aka spam pukem

Vertcal Stripes
Vertcal Stripes

No WAY it happens and Woody knows it. He also knows his world is all about clickbait. I like Woody and enjoy reading his opinions but this is pure fantasy.

debil orange
debil orange

I have been reading Woody for decades. I used to listen to him on "The Fan" with Irv Brown and Joe Williams. He would come up with some off the wall ideas all through his career. This one however, may be the biggest one yet! You never know if Woody is trying to inspire controversy or if he is serious. If he is serious, sorry Woody, you need to stay semi retired! Bringing Newton in here, the team that basically started the end to his career, with Von Miller, the player that spent more time grabbing and pulling him down during Super Bowl 50 than his partner back home??? I don't believe that is a good idea! In fact I believe it is a sure fire recipe to destroy this team. Cam hasn't exactly demonstrated that he put his team in front of himself at all. If you don't agree, spend a bit of time watching his press conferences even before Super Bowl 50! BAD IDEA!!!

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

Save the money...our year to contend is next year not this year. Too many unproven players, draft picks adjusting to the NFL and others getting ready to step up. This year, which may last only 3 or 4 games, will be to develop to contend and reach the playoffs if we get that far. When the virus takes out entire position groups and teams can't even compete, the season will be suspended - unfortunately. No reason to spend money now - save it for next year. Tell me Ellis and Elway have not had that conversation...

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Nobody seems to like this idea but Woody for obvious reasons. It's a ridiculous proposal.

RBA
RBA

NO! Just NO! The man is a loser and who can ever forget how he shied away from his fumble at the end of the super bowl. There is a reason why the team that knew him best let him go for nothing and why no one else picked him up.

AtwaterHOF
AtwaterHOF

Its only natural for critics to doubt players coming off injuries but that's why they have comeback player of the year. If Lock went down or struggled badly I don't think the season would be in jeopardy with Cam stepping in.


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