After the Carolina Panthers agreed to a three-year contract with former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the organization prepared to part ways with former No. 1 overall pick and MVP Cam Newton.
The Chicago Bears were long thought of as a potential landing spot for Newton, given the poor play of Mitchell Trubisky and the veteran, win-now roster they have, but they decided to trade for former Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles instead, leaving Cam as a free agent without many suitors.
While Newton playing in just two games last year due to injury certainly hurts his trade value, the Bears gave up a draft pick for a guy currently in his second year of a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars who was just benched for sixth-round rookie.
Newton, meanwhile, is a former MVP that still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Unless Ryan Pace was hellbent on adding "competition" for Trubisky instead of signing someone that could and should start over him, the fact that Newton is begging for a job while Foles landed a new one comes off as totally backwards.
Even if you think he is a bit on the overrated side and question his durability, there is no possible way you can argue that either Foles or Trubisky is in the same galaxy as Cam based off of pure arm talent and athleticism. Chicago could have cashed in a potential lottery ticket if Cam showed up healthy and focused, but they seem content to ride the Trubisky roller coaster or stay mired in mediocrity with Foles.