Is Cam Newton the Dallas Cowboys’ next Andy Dalton?

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Dallas Cowboys need a backup quarterback. The New England Patriots just released Cam Newton. Let’s go ahead and get this deal done so you can move on to another article here on The Landry Hat.

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It was reported on Tuesday that the Patriots released the former 2015 NFL MVP and 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, which makes him an instant free agent. Newton started 15 games for New England in 2020 where he threw for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 592 yards and a whopping 12 scores on the ground.

Newton’s 65.8 completion percentage with the Pats last year was the second-highest in his career. Still, the Patriots finished with a 7-9 season-ending record and out of the playoffs.

In Dallas, the Cowboys have settled for Cooper Rush as the primary backup to starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Rush seemingly won the job on a single stellar performance in the preseason where he completed 10 of his 12 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Texans.

For months, the speculation was that quarterback Garrett Gilbert was a stone-cold lock to be the primary backup to Prescott. In fact, Gilbert was the starter in three of the team’s four preseason contests. Yet, his mediocre performances opened the door for Rush to creep in. And Gilbert was reportedly released during final cuts on Tuesday.

It’s fair to assume the Cowboys are hunting for another backup quarterback, likely chasing the ideal situation they found themselves in last year when they signed three-time Pro Bowl passer Andy Dalton. The longtime starter for the Cincinnati Bengals signed a team-friendly one-year deal in Dallas last May that was worth only $3 million guaranteed plus another $4 million in potential incentives.

That acquisition was fortuitous as Prescott would go down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week Five. Dalton would end up playing 11 games for Dallas in 2020. He would start in nine of them and led the Cowboys to five wins including the game where Dak suffered the injury.

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Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys are hoping Cam Newton could be their next Andy Dalton, a veteran passer with loads of experience on a high-level willing to be a backup to Dak Prescott for relative peanuts. According to a report by Josina Anderson, the Cowboys are expected to do their due diligence on Newton. So at least it appears Dallas will explore the idea.