5 veteran quarterbacks Colts can acquire to replace Carson Wentz in 2022
Colts could replace Carson Wentz with Cam Newton
Cam Newton has had a turbulent journey with the NFL the last few years. He was unexpectedly discarded by the Carolina Panthers in 2020 and ultimately signed with a bare New England Patriots team.
After one season in Foxborough, Newton was cut a week before the start of the 2021 regular season as the Patriots decided to move forward with Mac Jones.
This left Newton a free agent, until Week 10 when a horrid Panthers team came to Newton asking him to save the day. Newton returned to Carolina before ultimately being cast aside for Sam Darnold.
Newton will again be a free agent and maintains that he has good football left in him. He doesn’t plan on retiring and is open to being a backup quarterback but wants to be in a situation where the team has real chances of winning games.
Newton isn’t going to be brought to Indianapolis as an outright replacement for Carson Wentz, but he can be brought in to create a competitive environment.
If the Colts are unable to land one of the bigger quarterback targets, they could bring Newton in on a small deal and set up a competition. If Indy does that, there are three possible outcomes.
One outcome is Newton’s presence pushes Wentz to raise his levels and play better. If that happens, Indianapolis has a better quarterback.
Another possibility is Newton outperforms Wentz and is named the starter, also giving the Colts an upgrade at quarterback.
The third prospect is both Newton and Wentz are underwhelming and Indy enters another season with a question mark at the quarterback position.
Signing Newton may not be the optimal solution, but it gives the Colts 2-out-of-3 scenarios where improvement can take place.