Once again, Cam Newton is the best free agent available at the quarterback position. After his surprise cut from the New England Patriots, it’s only a matter of time until the father of dabs finds a new home. Could he land with the Pittsburgh Steelers? It would be a surprise, but there are a few reasons why the move makes sense.
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#1 – Steelers are openly looking for Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement
When the Steelers signed Dwayne Haskins, they were not looking for a short-term backup quarterback. They were just embarking on the search for Ben Roethlisberger’s eventual replacement. Always a responsible franchise, the Steelers would rather look for a cheap solution now before needing to drop a massive investment later.
At 39 years old, Roethlisberger’s shelf life is running short, but the Steelers still have time. If the Steelers were to pick up Cam Newton, they could possibly extend their window to look for the best long-term solution while having a veteran under center.
#2 – Cam Newton isn’t as out of his prime as many believe
Cam Newton showed he can still play solid games in the NFL. In Week 2 of the preseason, Newton had no problem hitting receivers in his stride 20 yards down the field. He finished his day hitting eight of nine receivers and throwing a touchdown.
Of course, those who watched any football last year can’t forget Newton’s 7-9 mediocre showing. However, he was dealing with an offensive roster essentially devoid of talent at wide receiver. Their top receiver was hurt all season and their most productive receiver was Damiere Byrd, who had only 604 yards and a touchdown.
With a refreshed roster in Pittsburgh, Newton’s production would jump considerably after Roethlisberger’s retirement.
#3 – Cam Newton is a known commodity
The Steelers simply do not play losing seasons. Under Mike Tomlin’s tenure, the Steelers have never finished below .500. They will not risk upsetting the streak to get an extended look at any young, second-hand guns like Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.
Cam Newton is an industry veteran and a proven commodity. While he won’t deliver a Super Bowl, he would be able to ride a loaded roster to a playoff spot while the Steelers figure out a long-term solution.