As the Carolina Panthers hit reset on their roster in advance of the 2020 season, they first allowed longtime quarterback Cam Newton to seek a trade elsewhere, all but promising an end to the former No. 1 overall pick’s nine-year career in Charlotte. Then, the team’s three-year, $63 million commitment to Teddy Bridgewater in free agency was merely confirmation of what was to come. Now, the Panthers announced on Tuesday they have released the former MVP, sending the QB to the open market.
But with just a few QB spots still up in the air around the league, where exactly could Newton end up?
Here are four of the most logical landing spots:
4. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders have committed to Derek Carr more times than we like to admit, and they’re also just a week removed from adding Marcus Mariota, who could conceivably push Carr to the bench by Week 1. Still, Vegas isn’t hurting for salary cap space after a spending spree on defense, and if, somehow, they’re able to find a taker for Carr, are we really sure Jon Gruden wouldn’t convince Mike Mayock to take another swing at a high-upside veteran with an arm unlike either that of Carr or Mariota? On a low-risk, prove-it deal, Newton would be a potential instant hit during the Raiders’ relocation.
Newton isn’t necessarily the ideal QB for Anthony Lynn, whose adoration for Tyrod Taylor and previously reported interest in Tom Brady suggests he’d rather have someone who can manage an offense and take care of the football rather than rocket-arm the ball all over the field. But let’s not pretend he wouldn’t be intrigued by Newton’s dual-threat abilities. Adding No. 1 to an L.A. offense already stocked with good weapons (Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry) would instantly boost the Chargers’ playoff chances. Getting him on a team-friendly deal also wouldn’t preclude L.A. from drafting a long-term replacement.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Washington Redskins made all the sense in the world, what with Ron Rivera’s connection to Newton, other links between Washington’s staff and Cam’s old Panthers crew, not to mention Dan Snyder’s penchant for pursuing veteran arms rather than staying the course with younger prospects. But then Rivera went out and chose Newton’s 2019 fill-in, Kyle Allen, instead, landing the ex-Carolina backup via trade. The Bills fill their spot here. As CBS Sports editor and resident Bills expert R.J. White points out, Buffalo has the cap space to carry a pricey No. 2, Allen’s playing style all but begs for an upgrade there, and Bills leadership is very familiar with Newton considering both coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane worked alongside the veteran in Carolina.
Stylistically, Brady and Newton could not be more different. But that’s kind of what makes this appealing, no? If Bill Belichick is going to go into the season without No. 12 under center for the first time in two decades, who’s to say he wouldn’t embrace a more contemporary option — as in someone still capable of damaging opponents with both their arm and legs? Newton’s health is obviously a concern, but he’d open up all kinds of possibilities for a spread-out offense. He’d benefit from New England’s ever-rotating stable of running backs. And he wouldn’t preclude the Pats from still drafting a longer-term successor or later turning to Jarrett Stidham.
Albertans are urged to maintain physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer and Olympic champion and Alberta Ambassador for Sport and Active Living Erica Wiebe announced the #HealthyAtHomeAB hashtag on Sunday.
The two stressed the importance of being active while staying at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and feel Albertans may find themselves unsure how to stay active.
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“COVID-19 has created a very different sense of what’s normal. We must adapt to the situation for the good of all Albertans,” Aheer said in a media release Sunday. “Erica’s experiences as an Olympic athlete have given her the tools to overcome adversity and adapt to new and difficult situations. Her approach is accessible and positive in a time when we need that most. I hope all Albertans take up the challenge and join us in being active and healthy at home.”
Wiebe stressed the importance of keeping routines with children to maintain the continuation of physical literacy while at home.
“Easing back on certainty-seeking behaviours such as checking the news constantly allows a bit of calmness and routine back in your day,” Wiebe said. “There are many things we can’t control right now, but we can control our physical wellness, routines and thoughts. Take back control – maybe try something new or make a healthy meal every single day, or reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a long time.”
Wiebe is challenging all Albertans to try to get outside or get their heart rate up for at least 15-30 minutes every day or take time to do some bodyweight exercises, including squats, burpees or pushups, for repetitions. Weibe is also recommending deep breathing or meditation to manage stress.
The two are asking Albertans to post their home wellness activities during COVID-19 using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB.
TAMPA, FL – The following is a 1-on-1 conversation between USF Football Head Coach Jeff Scott and Spectrum Sports 360’s Chris Torello.
Chris Torello: “So, coach, obviously a difficult time for you being that this is the first year of a program and you were looking forward to get out on to the field more. What did you see when you were able to get out on the field?”
Jeff Scot: “Number one I saw a team that was excited about a new start. There is something special about a fresh start and new beginning. Just the energy and excitement level from our players was evident to myself and our staff. I felt like a 16-year-old who got a new car, went out to the driveway, put my seatbelt on and turned the car on, but before I could even put the car in drive the ‘check engine’ light came on and now my parents are telling me its going to be in the shop for two months. That’s how it feels like – it was just a tease.”
Chris Torello: “How’s the communication and the relationship building going with those guys? I know you had some time going into this, so how is that going?”
Jeff Scott: “It’s going good. I think we are the sixth youngest coaching staff in Division-1 college football. So, maybe that helps a little bit now that we are coaching through technology. The biggest message to our coaches and our players is we need to find a way to make this an advantage for us. No doubt it’s a challenge, but our attitude and the way we respond to this challenge is going to determine our success on the field next fall. We need to really respond in an uncommon way and have a great attitude, make no excuses, and everybody do their part while we are away.”
Chris Torello: “A couple of your players have been out there training, working with some different guys. Does it kind of excite you that guys are stilling finding time in the day, safely, to go out there and get their work in a little bit?”
Jeff Scott: “There is definitely a balance there. We are telling our guys number one: we want them to stay safe and definitely practice the social distancing and all the recommendations out there. When there has been opportunity to get out on the field by themselves, they’re ready. Just like its been frustrating for the coaches, its frustrating for those players because they have been working extremely hard these last three months to get in position to go out and practice. And now they are being told they can’t practice because of everything that is going on. So, they are itching to get back out there and once it’s feasible and safe I know they will.”
Chris Torello: “Have you found at all, a little bit of downtime with your family, watch Netflix, have you read a book, take us into that a little bit?”
Jeff Scott: “I think for myself and all our other coaches moving down here to Tampa we have had more time than you typically would to help our wives and kids and unpack boxes and just getting everything set up. So, one silver lining is that we have been able to spend time at home.”
Chris Torello: “Have you been able to watch Netflix at all? There is this show, ‘Tiger King’ have you heard about this one?”
Jeff Scott: “My wife just told me about it and said we need to be watching. I just got the internet hooked up to the TV in my living room so I think we are going to start watching some Netflix in the evenings.”
“Back then I was 20, it was my first World Cup and there was so much expectation on me,” says former England striker
Last Updated: 05/04/20 1:09pm
Wayne Rooney has conceded he should not have gone to the 2006 World Cup with England, after suffering a serious foot injury before the tournament.
England’s all-time record goalscorer was a major doubt ahead of the finals in Germany that year after breaking three metatarsals while playing for Manchester United in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea the previous April.
Rooney was passed fit to play in England’s second Group B game against Trinidad and Tobago after making a quicker-than-expected recovery – but he then tore a groin in team training and, rather than concede defeat, battled on.
He told the Sunday Times: “I hit it [the ball] from the halfway line, trying to strike the crossbar and felt my groin tear. I knew straight away.
“I got one of the physios to work quietly on it every day. I was taking painkillers. I didn’t want to say anything because a lot of people had put a lot of work into getting me fit.
“I didn’t report the injury until the tournament was over and there was a 6cm tear in my groin.”
Rooney’s World Cup ended with a red card in England’s quarter-final loss to Portugal.
He added: “Looking back, I should never have gone to that World Cup.
“If the Euros were going ahead this summer, I’d have said to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford that if they were struggling in any way, not to push it.
“Of course it’s hindsight. Back then I was 20, it was my first World Cup and there was so much expectation on me.”