It's no secret the Washington Football Team is in search of a quarterback. Whether or not they find one is another story.
With Cam Newton set to become a free agent for the second straight offseason, former NFL agent Joel Corry wouldn't be surprised to see the 31-year-old QB get a call from Washington.
"Since things which have a Carolina pedigree are valued, you're gonna cringe when I say this, but I wouldn't be surprised if Ron Rivera kicks the tires on Cam Newton," Corry told 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.
"Really?" replied Paulsen. "I've been shouting everyone that calls in and says that down, for the record, Joel. He just doesn't play well enough anymore. But you're saying don't rule it out?
"I didn't say sign him. I said kick the tires," Corry clarified. "Familiarity brings comfort, so I wouldn't be surprised if he takes a look at Cam Newton. I wouldn't sign him personally, but it seems like anything which has a Carolina pedigree is making its way to the Washington Football Team."
"That is certainly a theme," noted Rouhier. "If you had a Carolina Panthers email address, you're pretty much on Ron Rivera's staff."
Newton is coming off a fairly putrid season as a passer in New England, where he threw for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, going 7-8 in 15 starts for Bill Belichick. He also rushed for an additional 592 yards, with 13 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.
Due to injury concerns and teams' inability to conduct normal physicals, Newton sat unsigned until July of last offseason, eventually signing a one-year deal with the Patriots. His prospects for a future as an NFL starter seem somehow worse now.
Perhaps it bears reminding Newton and Rivera enjoyed nine seasons together in Carolina, making a Super Bowl appearance in 2015. Newton, who went first overall in 2011, was literally Rivera's first draft pick, coming out the same year Rivera took the job as Panthers head coach.