The Panthers could be nearing the end of the Cam Newton era, as the firing of head coach Ron Rivera likely signals the beginning of sweeping changes in Carolina. We can expect teams to call in the offseason about acquiring the former MVP in a trade considering there's a need for QBs in just about every division.
If this is the end for Newton in Carolina, these four teams would make for a great landing spot.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh sounds like an odd landing spot at first glance, but Ben Roethlisberger's status as starter next year is up in the air given his age and injury history. Additionally, both Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges have proven themselves to be excellent backup quarterbacks, but not franchise starters. If any non-Belichick coach could reinvent Cam in a new offense and find a way to continue winning games, it's Mike Tomlin.
3. Tennessee Titans
The Titans would immediately be taken off this list if they sign Ryan Tannehill, who is 5-1 as their starter and currently leading the league in passer rating. However, he's a free agent after this season, and that could open up a starting quarterback need now that the team has all but moved on from Marcus Mariota. Cam's ability to use his legs would work well in a Titans offense that gets the quarterback on the move frequently, and he could help this team challenge Houston for supremacy in the AFC South.
2. Chicago Bears
Despite his recent stretch of vastly improved play, it's still abundantly clear that Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky isn't the kind of player you can build a franchise around for a decade. You wouldn't know it from this year, but Bears head coach Matt Nagy is still an offensive wizard. You don't think a coach approaching hot seat status like Nagy would leap at the chance to work with one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the league in Newton as opposed to Trubisky?
1. Los Angeles Chargers
We're probably in the last year of Philip Rivers' Hall of Fame (don't argue it) career, as his declining play is knee-capping the championship aspirations of a Chargers team loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. With the franchise still struggling to gain a foothold in LA and the Chargers moving into a new stadium with the Rams next year, Cam would give them both a massive upgrade as a thrower and runner at quarterback as well as a magnetic star the fickle fans in LA can gravitate too.