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Cam Newton reveals the sole NFL team he would consider returning to play for

by Moxieplay

Cam Newton has undoubtedly left a lasting mark on football, showcasing his ability both in college and the professional game throughout the 2010s. However, despite being just 34 years old, the former MVP has been absent from the NFL since the 2021 season, prompting many to question the reasons behind his absence.

While some speculate about Newton’s potential as a backup in the league, the truth might lie in his particular preference for a return to the field. In a recent appearance on GMFB, Newton was asked by former Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall about the three teams he would consider for a comeback. Surprisingly, Newton‘s response narrowed it down to just one team – the Atlanta Falcons.

Explaining his choice, Newton emphasized the significance of family in his decision-making process. “It’s not even three. It’s just really one. Me having, you know, a family now. It’s always been about family, and I don’t see myself leaving Atlanta. So if it’s not Atlanta, I don’t wanna do it,” Newton stated.

As an Atlanta native and a father of five, with an upcoming sixth child with his girlfriend, Jasmine Brown, Newton‘s commitment to his family and roots in Atlanta seems to take precedence over other potential opportunities. Despite the Falcons undergoing coaching changes and rumored interests in figures like former Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, Newton’s desire for a return to the NFL revolves around his connection to Atlanta.

The Falcons need a QB

Reflecting on Newton‘s potential fit with the Atlanta Falcons, it’s clear that the quarterback of the past could seamlessly integrate into the team’s lineup, benefiting from a strong offensive line and talented weapons like Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts. However, the challenge lies in the fact that Newton is not being handed a guaranteed starting position, especially after his less-than-stellar performance in the 2020 season with the New England Patriots.

In his last season as a starter in 2021 with the Carolina Panthers, Newton struggled, going 0-5 and posting modest numbers with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. This performance, combined with the overall decline often associated with aging players, has left the quarterback in a position where securing a surefire starting role is not guaranteed.

Looking at Newton‘s career statistics, including a Heisman Trophy and a national championship during his time at Auburn, he boasts a record of 75-68-1 as a starter, with a total of 269 touchdowns and 123 interceptions since being drafted first overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. While his past achievements are commendable, the question remains whether the Atlanta Falcons or any other team would be willing to provide Newton with the opportunity he seeks for a triumphant return to the NFL.

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