Cam Newton open to NFL comeback if hometown team expresses interest


Several years back, Cam Newton emerged as one of the NFL’s most recognizable players, spending the majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Despite being away from football for the past couple of years, the 34-year-old quarterback, who hinted at a potential comeback, disclosed a list of starting quarterbacks he’d consider backing up last year. In March 2023, Newton made a comeback appearance at Auburn’s pro day, throwing approximately 30 passes to wide receivers, including his brother Caylin Newton.

Recently, Newton reiterated his openness to an NFL return but specified the singular team he would entertain playing for. During an appearance on “Good Morning Football,” Newton, emphasizing family ties, stated, “Me having a family now, it’s always been about family, and I don’t see myself leaving Atlanta.” When asked by former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall to list three teams he would play for, Newton expressed a preference for staying in Atlanta, where he initially rose to football prominence at Westlake High School.

A business owner and real estate investor with five children, Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, led the Panthers to Super Bowl L during the same season. After a nine-year stint in Charlotte, he signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots before the 2020 season.

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Notably, the Falcons recently parted ways with head coach Arthur Smith, following three consecutive 7-10 seasons. The 2022 third-round draft pick, Desmond Ridder, was named the starting quarterback for the 2023 season but faced challenges, prompting speculation that the Falcons might seek another quarterback in the upcoming offseason.

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