Anthony Lynn Explains Why The Chargers Passed On Cam Newton

The Chargers considered signing Newton, but Lynn felt "really good" about his quarterback room

Zach Gelb
May 18, 2020 - 10:58 am
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After the Carolina Panthers released Cam Newton in March, many NFL analysts wondered if the former MVP would wind up with the Los Angeles Chargers. As it turns out, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn very much considered that possibility.

“Cam's a tremendous quarterback,” Lynn said on The Zach Gelb Show. “He's been an MVP of this league, he's led his team to a Super Bowl, and he's healthy now, from what I hear. So Cam's going to be on somebody’s roster. He's going to help somebody win a few games. We did take a look at that for sure.”

In the end, though, Lynn said he felt “really good” about his quarterback room, which includes veteran Tyrod Taylor and a pair of rookies: Justin Herbert and Easton Stick, who were drafted in the first and fifth round, respectively. Herbert, of course, starred at Oregon, while Stick was a standout at North Dakota State.

“With Tyrod Taylor [and] Easton Stick, those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about,” Lynn said. “[Stick] was a Division I-AA [star who] won like three national championships. He's a hell of a leader, he’s a hell of a professional, and I believe he has a bright future in this league one day. But with him, Tyrod Taylor, and knowing that we had an opportunity to get [a quarterback] picking sixth in the draft, all those decisions came into play when talking about Cam.”

Newton, who turned 31 last week, was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. He led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, but foot and shoulder injuries, among other ailments, have take their toll in recent years. Newton missed 14 games in 2019 and remains a free agent.

Lynn also shared his thoughts on a new NFL proposal that would incentivize the hiring of minority head coaches and executives. Click below to listen to his interview in its entirety.