Newton, 30, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a foot injury and is being shopped by Carolina. With the Panthers unable to find a trade partner to this point, it's expected he'll be released at some point, to make him one of the top quarterbacks still available in free agency.
Newton became expendable when the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million free agent deal last week.
"Although (Ron) Rivera drafted and coached Newton in Carolina, the Redskins know if they sign him, he would be coming here to start," Keim writes. "And they don't want to put (Dwayne) Haskins in a position where he has no shot to compete for the job."