Despite their commitment to Ben Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still being linked to free-agent passer, Cam Newton.
If the Pittsburgh Steelers were in need of finding a new quarterback who could help lead the team to success during the next few seasons, then signing current free agent, Cam Newton, would probably be a realistic option.
But the Steelers aren’t in need of a new starter under center for next season since they still have Ben Roethlisberger on their roster.
Roethlisberger is getting older and returning from a serious elbow injury, but Pittsburgh hasn’t been shy about expressing their commitment to their longtime quarterback during the last few months.
But couldn’t the Steelers bring in Newton to sit for a year or two and then take over for Roethlisberger when he retires? Pittsburgh would probably love for that to happen, but the former Carolina Panthers quarterback reportedly has no desire to be a backup wherever he lands next according to The Athletic’s Joe Person.
Person added that Newton is willing to wait for a team to be in need of his services after their starting signal-caller goes down with an injury.
That last part is a little interesting considering the Steelers are coming off a season in which they lost their starting quarterback for the majority of the year due to an injury. So if Roethlisberger has to miss a significant amount of time again in 2020, would Pittsburgh consider signing Newton then if he is still available?
Most likely, Newton won’t still be unsigned when the 2020 regular season begins. So if the Steelers had any interest in signing the talented quarterback, they would have to do it sooner than later.
But there is no need for Pittsburgh to have any interest in a guy who won’t join a team as their backup since they currently don’t have an opening under center in their starting lineup.
Newton to the Steelers is a fun scenario to talk about during the offseason. But the chances of him landing in Pittsburgh while Roethlisberger is still healthy enough to play are very, very low.