Adam Schefter says Washington is the 'most natural landing spot' for Cam Newton

Ethan Cadeaux
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Schefter says WFT is the 'most natural landing spot' for Cam originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

After nine seasons in Carolina, quarterback Cam Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots this past July. 

Following an up-and-down season with the Patriots, Newton is expected to hit the open market once again.  

With the Washington Football Team's future at quarterback uncertain, ESPN insider Adam Schefter said on The Greg Hill Show that Newton's most "natural landing spot" in free agency is signing with the Burgundy and Gold.

"The most natural spot for Cam would be Washington," Schefter said. "That's the most natural spot if he's going to leave."

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It's not difficult to connect the dots as to why Washington might be a good fit for Newton.

For starters, Washington's head coach, Ron Rivera, coached Newton for nine seasons in Carolina. The duo had tremendous success with the Panthers, as they won four NFC South titles together and even made the Super Bowl in 2015, the same year Newton took home league MVP honors.

Additionally, Washington's future at quarterback after 2020 is bleak at best. The only passer Washington has under contract for next season as of now is Alex Smith. While Smith's comeback story has been incredible and he's helped lead Washington to a playoff berth, it's evident that the team will need other options at the position next season, even if the veteran returns.

Rivera mulled the idea of signing Newton this past offseason, too, when the passer was on the free-agent market for months before signing with New England this past June. But, Rivera ultimately decided not to, as he wanted to see what Washington had in 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

New England will certainly be in the mix for Newton, but the 31-year-old is expected to see what else is out there, too, according to Schefter.

If the Patriots do move on, though, Schefter guesses Newton will land an incentive-based contract if he were to land in Washington.

"Let's say Cam's on the free-agent market, nothing gets done with New England. Let's say he moves on," Schefter said. "What would Washington pay him? What would that contract look like? I'm going to guess two years with incentives, $40-$50 million."