All Panthers’ Schuyler Callihan doesn’t believe the Arena League Football offer Antonio Brown published on Twitter to Auburn football legend Cam Newton to join the wideout on his AFL franchise, the Albany Empire, is a viable one — and believes that the 2015 NFL MVP and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner won’t take Brown up on it.
“Although it would make for some fun entertainment, I don’t see Cam doing this,” Callihan wrote. “In no way does it benefit him. It’s not going to all of a sudden intrigue some NFL team to sign him after playing in a completely different style of football game. By playing, it might actually lead some teams to believe that Newton is content with playing anywhere he can and that he believes a return to the NFL is off the table.”
Earlier this offseason, Newton had dished out a list of quarterbacks he’d be willing to back up in the NFL. That included Deshaun Watson (Cleveland Browns), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Justin Fields (Chicago Bears), Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins), Malik Willis (Tennessee Titans), CJ Stroud (Houston Texans), Bryce Young (Carolina Panthers), Anthony Richardson (Indianapolis Colts), Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), Aaron Rodgers (New York Jets), Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), and Sam Howell (Washington Commanders). To go from being selective about what NFL job he’d be willing to take to accepting an offer to play for the infamous AB on his AFL team would indeed be a radical jump that’s hard to imagine.
Auburn football legend Cam Newton doesn’t need the sport anymore
Newton may want to make a return to the field, but since it has to be on his terms, it isn’t a guarantee that it’ll ever happen. And that’s something Newton is content with given his career accomplishments.
For one, he’s a made man on the Plains. If Newton ever wanted to open up a business in Auburn (unlikely) or become a QB coach (wildly unlikely), the job(s) is/are his. That clout extends to his native Atlanta as well.
Newton doesn’t need the sport anymore. Luckily, the sport needed him to evolve — and he delivered in spades over 11 NFL seasons, two in Gainesville, Florida, and one with AU that will never be forgotten.