3 teams who missed the boat on Cam Newton signing

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

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The Los Angeles Chargers can say Justin Herbert is their future and be totally right. The Pittsburgh Steelers could say they’re all-in on Ben Roethlisberger at least for another season and totally have our respect. But the Chicago Bears not trading for Cam Newton and instead taking on Nick Foles‘ awful contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars is why the Bears are so inherently dysfunctional.

Who cares if Foles had success in the same offensive system that Matt Nagy runs? Foles wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire when he briefly played for the Kansas City Chiefs. The only times he has been good at football in the last decade or so was with the Philadelphia Eagles over two stints and as an upperclassmen in college with the Arizona Wildcats. It’s not a huge sample size.

The Bears have two quarterbacks in Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, which means they have zero quarterbacks. Newton would have come into Chicago and kicked Trubisky to the curb. He’d play with the flair of Jim McMahon from yesteryear, showcasing what another great SEC arm looks like, as people now look fondly back on Jay Cutler years after the fact. He wasn’t THAT bad, was he?

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The Bears have the fourth-best quarterback situation in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers is a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. Kirk Cousins is a multi-time Pro Bowler. Even Matthew Stafford can still sling it coming off a serious injury. Newton would have made Chicago so proud, but that’s why they’re the Bears. They haven’t known what they’re doing at quarterback for generations.