Newton will throw at Auburn’s professional day, which is usually reserved for incoming NFL Draft prospects, not a 33-year-old QB previous his prime.
This could possibly be his final probability at latching on to an NFL roster. He didn’t play in 2022 and hasn’t began since Week 16 of the 2021 season on Dec. 26, 2021. However in accordance with his announcement video, he nonetheless believes he can compete with one of the best.
“Ain’t 32 [quarterbacks] motherf—–s higher than me,” Newton mentioned within the video.
He’s first in Auburn historical past in passing touchdowns in a single-season (30) in 2010, the 12 months he gained the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to a nationwide championship.
That was one of many all-time nice seasons by a university quarterback and Newton’s draft inventory skyrocketed due to it.
He was drafted first general by the Carolina Panthers within the 2011 NFL Draft and gained the 2015 NFL MVP award after the Panthers went 15-1 and Newton was 296-of-495 (59.8%) for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions whereas including 132 carries for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was launched following the 2019 season and performed one unremarkable 12 months for the Patriots earlier than rejoining the Panthers halfway via the 2021 season for a disastrous 0-5 run as a starter.
It’s unclear what sort of market Newton might command this offseason. Most groups are both set on the place or already signed gamers earlier this month to compete for the beginning function.
His former workforce — the Panthers — signed Andy Dalton and can nearly definitely draft a QB first general in April’s draft. Houston and Indianapolis are additionally in line to draft QBs and signed backups Case Keenum and Gardner Minshew in free company, respectively.
Groups such because the Falcons and Bucs have younger vets within the working for his or her beginning jobs and have addressed depth considerations by agreeing to offers for Taylor Heinicke (Atlanta) and Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay).
Newton’s greatest wager at touchdown on an NFL roster in 2023 could possibly be in Arizona. Kyler Murray’s standing for the season is up within the air after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 and had surgical procedure on Jan. 3.
With a younger teaching employees, Newton could be a low-stakes choice the workforce might contemplate for a season that tasks to be a protracted one.
However even that feels far-fetched. It’s arduous to assume a participant who’s a 12 months faraway from the NFL will hastily command appreciable consideration from groups which have had each alternative to signal him for over a 12 months now and selected to not.
He’s going again to Auburn to resurrect his profession, nevertheless it seems to be extra like he’s dwelling prior to now.