NFL rumors: Seahawks kicking tires on Cam Newton with Russell Wilson out

Cam Newton, New England Patriots. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Cam Newton, New England Patriots. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Seahawks are keeping an eye on former MVP Cam Newton with their quarterback Russell Wilson out with a hand injury.

An unfamiliar position for the Seattle Seahawks has them investigating different options at the quarterback position. Russell Wilson missed the first game of his career in Week 6 after suffering a finger injury in Week 5’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Back-up Geno Smith took over for an injured Wilson and gave Seattle fans a glimmer of hope with his first drive against the Rams. The final few drives were not very promising, as the Seahawks would go on to lose that game. It was up by an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers which saw Smith put out a solid performance before a sack caused an eventual game-losing fumble.

It seems the Seahawks are looking for possible help at the quarterback while they wait for Wilson. NFL Networks’ Tom Pelissero reported this morning on Good Morning Football that Seattle has talked with former MVP Cam Newton.

Pelissero also noted that head coach Pete Carroll said they’ve talked to Newton “among others” regarding the quarterback position. There is nothing imminent as Pelissero says on the show but Seattle is “keeping tabs” on the former New England Patriot.

Cam Newton is on the Seattle Seahawks radar while waiting on Russell Wilson’s return from injury.

There would need to be a financial incentive for Newton as he is still being paid $1.5 million from the Patriots. He was released prior to the season as New England decided to go with rookie Mac Jones at the helm. Seattle would have to pay over that $1.5 million number to likely lure Newton out of free agency.

One thing Newton has going for him is that he is now vaccinated, meaning that he can join a team immediately, as mentioned by Pelissero. Newton has expressed excitement about getting back on the field recently.

Seattle will keep an eye on the former first overall pick in Newton while it eagerly awaits the return of their star quarterback. The Seahawks have two home game remainings, against New Orleans and Jacksonville, before their bye week in Week 9.