Cam Newton
Cam Newton has a decision to make in 2021. Would you rather retire or take a bridge starter / backup job next year? (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

It’s Time For Cam Newton To Retire

There is no need to sugar coat it anymore. Cam Newton had one really great season. The rest was a bunch of meh. After watching Cam’s run with the Patriots, there is no need to see anymore. Either become a backup or hang up the cleats. It does not matter anymore. Cam’s run as a functional franchise quarterback is long gone.

This isn’t all on Cam Newton. Tom Brady wasn’t great in 2019 with this same Patriots team. However, Newton’s days are an elite franchise quarterback are long gone. Newton is going to have to make a choice very soon. Would you rather be a backup/bridge starter or retire?

Newton just doesn’t look the same physically. He’s battled injuries and has taken too many hits. He’s also never been the most accurate quarterback in the world. In 2020 through 14 starts, Newton has a 5-10 TD to INT ratio and has barely thrown for 2,400 yards.

The bottom line is Cam is no longer a guy that’s going to carry you to multiple playoff games. We did see some flashes of the old Cam but there were also Sundays he got benched by Jarrett Stidham and they weren’t unwarranted. He just can’t bring the old Cam to the table every Sunday. He’s not the same guy anymore.

The problem for Cam is that there is so much incoming quarterback talent. That can’t be understated. 20 years ago, Chad Pennington was the only quarterback picked in the first round in his draft class. He couldn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field. Now we have two or three guys that come in and can at least play. There is no room for a broken down Cam being your starter.

You can no longer compete with guys like Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, and Andy Dalton as your starting quarterback. There’s too much talent at the position today. Newton is going to have to decide if he wants to play mentor or quit. The ball will be in his court. The only thing that’s clear is that Jarrett Stidham can’t be your young QB to groom.