Chicago Bears: Cam Newton no longer an option for Ryan Pace

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The Chicago Bears will need to address the quarterback position in some capacity this offseason. One quarterback is now off the table though.

The Chicago Bears will likely be moving forward with Mitchell Trubisky in 2020. The question is, will he be the starter? Ryan Pace will need to bring in talent behind Trubisky and give that quarterback an opportunity to fight for the starting spot. This could be through free agency, the 2020 NFL Draft or possibly both.

If the team were to make a trade for a quarterback, that quarterback would likely be the starter heading into day one of the NFL offseason. Trade rumors had been floated around about Cam Newton, Derek Carr, and Andy Dalton. Newton is no longer an option for Pace though as Carolina has announced they are pleased with Newton’s recovery and will be moving forward with him as the starting quarterback in 2020.

Now, this is still very early in the process and the Panther could be trying to build up his trade value as the offseason approaches. Either way that will put Newton out of the realm of possibility for Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears.

The Bears do not have the capital needed to trade for Newton if his draft stock rises. His injury was the only way the Bears had a chance of landing him this offseason as it was, but now if teams believe him to be healthy, the cost will be too high for Ryan Pace.

Personally, I was never on board with the Chicago Bears targeting Newton this offseason. He is good, but I still find him somewhat overrated based on his age and contract. He has not produced elite numbers over the last couple of years as he has dealt with nagging injuries. Having Newton in Chicago would spark some excitement, even from me. I just think the team has better options if Pace and Matt Nagy truly want to move on from Mitchell Trubisky this offseason.

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What do you think? Is this just a way for the Panthers to drive up Newton’s draft stock? If so, how much are you willing to trade for him if he was truly available?