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(ESPN)   So how is it that Cam Newton is still a free agent?   (espn.com) divider line
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2020-05-14 9:56:02 AM  
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2020-05-14 10:17:14 AM  
Nobody can afford what he's asking for.
 
2020-05-14 10:43:10 AM  
Is Can Newton the older brother of singer Juice Newton, because that would explain why he hasn't been picked up.

I've never heard of this guy "Can"
 
2020-05-14 10:43:51 AM  
Teams want to see for themselves that he is healthy and it is kinda hard to do that now with the travel restrictions and such.
 
2020-05-14 10:44:55 AM  
My guess is that the reason he's still a free agent is that no team has signed him to a contract.
 
2020-05-14 10:46:50 AM  
Because he wouldn't dive on a loose ball during the Super Bowl?
 
2020-05-14 10:46:51 AM  
You'd think someone would, at the very least, be interested in a good deal on a used laptop.
 
2020-05-14 10:47:41 AM  
Let's see... looking at his numbers pre-McCaffrey he was a primary offensive producer for most of his career.  He can be moody and unpredictable. He's also got a lot of long term injuries (truthfully, he is not the same player he was even 3 years ago).  He also wants starting QB money, and he'll likely be the backup wherever he ends up.
 
2020-05-14 11:13:01 AM  
Could it be that he's always hurt and has a reputation as being kind of an asshole?
 
2020-05-14 11:14:41 AM  
Because other people are catching on to my observation from years ago that his Dwight Howard-ness is off the charts?
 
2020-05-14 11:17:28 AM  
Live by your physicality, die by your physicality.
 
2020-05-14 11:19:37 AM  
Because he'd break his wrist signing the one year contract
 
2020-05-14 11:26:25 AM  
Because the teams that could use him are perpetually bad, and those teams' fan bases are dumb enough to never punish those teams' shiatty, lackadaisical owners by not buying tickets and/or merch.
 
2020-05-14 11:28:28 AM  
Too many questions about his health and mindset to take a chance on him especially at what salary he is likely asking for.  Add inthe Covid mess for the perfect storm.
 
2020-05-14 11:28:56 AM  
I have heard rumors that there have been a couple of dust-ups with the media. There was a time when that wouldn't have mattered, because he was good enough to ignore most of it. Now days, the reason he can't seem to land on a roster as a professional quarter back, is because he is black. Everyone knows you can't football while black.

/sarcasm
 
2020-05-14 11:32:05 AM  
I went to the 2010 Auburn-Oregon Championship Game. Cam helped bring my beloved Tigers a national title. Best $180,000 our boosters ever spent. But damnit, Cam:


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During an interview in Indianapolis at the NFL combine on Thursday night, an unidentified team cracked the poise former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton tried to display while meeting with the media Saturday, a league source said.
According to the source, an NFL assistant coach questioned Newton about why he disobeyed his coach's orders in the BCS National Championship Game. Newton ran a quarterback sneak toward the end of the game rather than take a knee as he was instructed.
Newton was not expecting the NFL to ask him about the incident and did not have a favorable reaction, according to league sources. He got defensive, sources said.
 
2020-05-14 11:37:18 AM  
Because he appears to be broken physically and his psyche isn't far behind?
 
2020-05-14 12:57:46 PM  
Is this where we "Kaep" him and list every single FA no-name QB teams sign until someone takes a chance on him?
 
2020-05-14 1:00:28 PM  
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2020-05-14 1:14:29 PM  
Is it racism? It's gotta be racism, right?
 
2020-05-14 1:33:03 PM  
Beyond the health concerns noted in the article, perhaps it's also because no one wants a whiny quitter?

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2020-05-14 1:57:13 PM  
I'm pretty sure it's the ugly suits. No GM wants to subject the other players to that nonsense.
 
2020-05-14 2:55:48 PM  

K3rberos: Beyond the health concerns noted in the article, perhaps it's also because no one wants a whiny quitter?

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And I see my work is already done here.
 
2020-05-14 2:58:25 PM  
Cost vs Risk and owners aren't willing to pull the trigger on it.  He is a mobile quarterback who has lost a step due to age and injuries leading to teams questioning his durability and effectiveness. If he wants to take an incentives laden contract or is willing to lower his asking price, a team certainly may take a look for a backup role.
 
2020-05-14 2:58:35 PM  

bluorangefyre: Nobody can afford what he's asking for.


And he isn't willing to take the injuries playing for what he is worth (I don't blame him).

EyeballKid: Because the teams that could use him are perpetually bad, and those teams' fan bases are dumb enough to never punish those teams' shiatty, lackadaisical owners by not buying tickets and/or merch.


A lot of those teams just love to sign washed up big names to outlandish salary cap hits (think Jerrah Jones and Snyder).  Even they might think twice at former-MVP QB level money.
 
2020-05-14 3:31:49 PM  
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2020-05-14 4:45:13 PM  
Is Cam Newton the new Colin Kaepernick?  Or are we still beating that dead horse as well?
 
2020-05-14 5:02:32 PM  
Answer: because passing- wise he's essentially been Joe Flacco for his entire career, and now he's Joe Flacco on the decline.
 
rka
2020-05-14 6:07:11 PM  
Cuz Cam is holding out for Andy Dalton money.

He ain't no Andy Dalton.
 
2020-05-14 6:09:59 PM  
His best fit and biggest value would be on the Colts. He could take a most of the heat that Irsay gets for being unstable and weird during press conferences
 
2020-05-14 6:18:37 PM  

wiseolddude: Because he wouldn't dive on a loose ball during the Super Bowl?


I KNEW when that play was happening that if he didn't dive for it he would rue the day. I'm sure he though he was too valuable to risk on that play, and that he'd have another shot at a SB. That's not how life works. If you're playing in the SB then you need to do whatever you ever plan to do in a SB right there and then. Now he's all banged up anyways and he's not even on a team.
 
2020-05-14 6:39:22 PM  
Throughout his career, Cam has always shied away from contact and never put his body on the line for yardage or a score. 🙄
 
2020-05-14 7:43:31 PM  
Well, this was a thread full of cold takes.
 
2020-05-14 7:52:37 PM  

meera's frog spear: Throughout his career, Cam has always shied away from contact and never put his body on the line for yardage or a score. 🙄


wat
 
2020-05-14 8:15:34 PM  

Birnone: wiseolddude: Because he wouldn't dive on a loose ball during the Super Bowl?

I KNEW when that play was happening that if he didn't dive for it he would rue the day. I'm sure he though he was too valuable to risk on that play, and that he'd have another shot at a SB. That's not how life works. If you're playing in the SB then you need to do whatever you ever plan to do in a SB right there and then. Now he's all banged up anyways and he's not even on a team.


Real quarterback in the superbowl:
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Quarterback's career ending in the superbowl:
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2020-05-14 8:16:53 PM  

The Bestest: meera's frog spear: Throughout his career, Cam has always shied away from contact and never put his body on the line for yardage or a score. 🙄

wat


Isn't that the eyeroll emoji? If not, it was used as such.
I think in that split second in SB50 when he saw other players beat him to the fumble, his instinct was to step back and hopefully go after the ball if it squirted out.
For a QB who has always played with toughness and without fear, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
 
2020-05-14 8:35:16 PM  

SafetyThird: I'm pretty sure it's the ugly suits. No GM wants to subject the other players to that nonsense.


Then those GMs are FOOLS!

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David Pastrnak and David Krejci are allowed to wear whatever they damn well please!
 
2020-05-14 9:44:36 PM  
The league hates black quarterbacks.
 
2020-05-14 10:13:40 PM  

Slackfumasta: SafetyThird: I'm pretty sure it's the ugly suits. No GM wants to subject the other players to that nonsense.

Then those GMs are FOOLS!

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David Pastrnak and David Krejci are allowed to wear whatever they damn well please!


I'm all about flying your own flag. I have a perrywinkle zoot suit. I wore it pretty often. My wife calls it cornflower. i can't see the difference. Stupid man eyes.
 
2020-05-14 10:28:28 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Well, this was a thread full of cold takes.


Hell, I have consistently hated Cam since his Auburn days, and accurately have called him, as I said above, the NFL's Dwight Howard.

I still think he's a better QB than most starters and if no one signs him, that's asinine (and there's no chance they wouldn't sign a white QB with his resume at that age). But let's give it until after he's allowed to do physicals and such with teams. And yeah, the uncertainty about income isn't really gonna have teams leaping to take on big contracts at this point.
 
2020-05-14 10:32:39 PM  

js34603: The league hates black quarterbacks.


I just can't see this as a Kaepernick situation though. Newton's problem is that he isn't a starter anymore and hasn't accepted it yet. He wants the money, greenlight and attention of a starter, but he's really just Joe Flacco, a guy who at one point was a very good quarterback who has since fallen off a cliff. Kaepernick was actually looking for backup jobs for years and was being railroaded.

Be honest, would YOU want your team to sign Newton for a ~$27m/year, 3 year deal? But I'll bet you would want him at a $10m/year, 2 year deal. Congratulations, you agree with many NFL GM's.

/BTW black quarterbacks are currently doing very, very well in the NFL if you haven't noticed
//I love me some Drew Lock, but even with rose tinted glasses I'd take at least 3, maybe 5 black quarterbacks over him right now even with the huge salary Wilson and Mahomes would command. Newton isn't one of them.
 
2020-05-14 11:15:32 PM  

dirkfunk: js34603: The league hates black quarterbacks.

I just can't see this as a Kaepernick situation though. Newton's problem is that he isn't a starter anymore and hasn't accepted it yet. He wants the money, greenlight and attention of a starter, but he's really just Joe Flacco, a guy who at one point was a very good quarterback who has since fallen off a cliff. Kaepernick was actually looking for backup jobs for years and was being railroaded.

Be honest, would YOU want your team to sign Newton for a ~$27m/year, 3 year deal? But I'll bet you would want him at a $10m/year, 2 year deal. Congratulations, you agree with many NFL GM's.

/BTW black quarterbacks are currently doing very, very well in the NFL if you haven't noticed
//I love me some Drew Lock, but even with rose tinted glasses I'd take at least 3, maybe 5 black quarterbacks over him right now even with the huge salary Wilson and Mahomes would command. Newton isn't one of them.


If the colts hadn't signed rivers I'd be yelling for that 3/27 deal to bring in an upgrade to briskett
 
2020-05-15 12:41:03 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: My guess is that the reason he's still a free agent is that no team has signed him to a contract.


Thank you, Booger.
 
rka
2020-05-15 2:12:53 AM  
Funny how you get one chance at a first impression and for many people that first impression was the SuperBowl against the Broncos.

Making a business decision in that game has not done him any service.
 
2020-05-15 3:53:29 AM  

rka: Funny how you get one chance at a first impression and for many people that first impression was the SuperBowl against the Broncos.

Making a business decision in that game has not done him any service.


Forgetting the college stuff, he's stated before that he has interests outside of football.

which apparently includes designing scarves for Aerosmith, but whatever.
 
2020-05-15 5:16:48 AM  

K3rberos: Beyond the health concerns noted in the article, perhaps it's also because no one wants a whiny quitter?

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Aaron Rodgers did the same thing and he has a starting QB job unless they Love Jordan.
 
2020-05-15 8:14:36 AM  

IAmRight: UNC_Samurai: Well, this was a thread full of cold takes.

Hell, I have consistently hated Cam since his Auburn days, and accurately have called him, as I said above, the NFL's Dwight Howard.

I still think he's a better QB than most starters and if no one signs him, that's asinine (and there's no chance they wouldn't sign a white QB with his resume at that age). But let's give it until after he's allowed to do physicals and such with teams. And yeah, the uncertainty about income isn't really gonna have teams leaping to take on big contracts at this point.


Cam's health and inability to work out for a team is a huge factor right now, yes.  But this tab is full of "hurr durr Super Bowl fumble."

The man was a league MVP, and was on pace to do it again two years ago before TJ Watt hit his shoulder and the coaches royally farked up his recovery.

You can go back to when he was drafted and find my hatred for drafting him.  Turns out I was dead wrong.  And I look forward to him proving these jackasses wrong as well.
 
2020-05-15 9:01:53 AM  

UNC_Samurai: IAmRight: UNC_Samurai: Well, this was a thread full of cold takes.

Hell, I have consistently hated Cam since his Auburn days, and accurately have called him, as I said above, the NFL's Dwight Howard.

I still think he's a better QB than most starters and if no one signs him, that's asinine (and there's no chance they wouldn't sign a white QB with his resume at that age). But let's give it until after he's allowed to do physicals and such with teams. And yeah, the uncertainty about income isn't really gonna have teams leaping to take on big contracts at this point.

Cam's health and inability to work out for a team is a huge factor right now, yes.  But this tab is full of "hurr durr Super Bowl fumble."

The man was a league MVP, and was on pace to do it again two years ago before TJ Watt hit his shoulder and the coaches royally farked up his recovery.

You can go back to when he was drafted and find my hatred for drafting him.  Turns out I was dead wrong.  And I look forward to him proving these jackasses wrong as well.


Doesn't change that he's still 100% Dwight Howard, from the #1 overall pick to the Finals in his 5th year to no one wanting him a couple years later in part due to injuries and in part due to him being an assclown.
 
2020-05-15 9:08:27 AM  

IAmRight: UNC_Samurai: IAmRight: UNC_Samurai: Well, this was a thread full of cold takes.

Hell, I have consistently hated Cam since his Auburn days, and accurately have called him, as I said above, the NFL's Dwight Howard.

I still think he's a better QB than most starters and if no one signs him, that's asinine (and there's no chance they wouldn't sign a white QB with his resume at that age). But let's give it until after he's allowed to do physicals and such with teams. And yeah, the uncertainty about income isn't really gonna have teams leaping to take on big contracts at this point.

Cam's health and inability to work out for a team is a huge factor right now, yes.  But this tab is full of "hurr durr Super Bowl fumble."

The man was a league MVP, and was on pace to do it again two years ago before TJ Watt hit his shoulder and the coaches royally farked up his recovery.

You can go back to when he was drafted and find my hatred for drafting him.  Turns out I was dead wrong.  And I look forward to him proving these jackasses wrong as well.

Doesn't change that he's still 100% Dwight Howard, from the #1 overall pick to the Finals in his 5th year to no one wanting him a couple years later in part due to injuries and in part due to him being an assclown.


Dwight was never the team player Cam is
 
2020-05-15 12:46:40 PM  
Cam went vegan before last season - that's why he ended up on IR after 2 games

He's useless as a pro athlete unless he can rehab from veganism
 
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