Chargers' Anthony Lynn Avoids Cam Newton Question: 'We're Looking at Everybody'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIApril 1, 2020

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 29:  Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sideline against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn chose to remain vague when asked to address whether his team is interested in signing free agent quarterback Cam Newton.

"We're looking at everybody," Lynn said, per ESPN's Lindsey Thiry.

Lynn did touch on what seems to be the general concern when it comes to Newton—his health:

Joe Reedy @joereedy

Anthony Lynn on Cam Newton: "Cam’s a good quarterback and done a lot of good things. He’s had some injuries. If he’s healthy he’s going to be a good QB for somebody." Are you looking at him? "We're looking at everybody, man." #Chargers

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on March 18 that the Chargers were intent on "moving forward with Tyrod Taylor for 2020" rather than signing or trading for a veteran quarterback, such as Newton.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Panthers tried to send Cam Newton to the #Bears and #Chargers. They found no takers and at this point, no starting jobs available. Release was the only option. Carolina has just $2M in dead money with this release, but Cam is now free.

The Chargers' starting quarterback job became an uncertainty when Philip Rivers left to sign a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The 38-year-old had started every game for the franchise dating back to 2006 and is the all-time leader in career passing yards (59,271), career touchdowns (397) and wins (123).

Newton had a similar standing in Carolina before the Panthers released their former 2011 top overall pick on March 24.

The 2015 AP NFL MVP is the franchise's all-time leader in career passing yards (29,041), passing touchdowns (182) and wins (68), but he only played two regular-season games last year after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his left foot during the preseason that required surgery in December.

Previously, Newton played 2016 and '18 through shoulder injuries that required separate surgeries in March 2017 and January 2019 respectively.

Taylor sparked rumors that Newton might get a fresh start in L.A. when he posted a photo of them working out together last week:

NFL Update @MySportsUpdate

#Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is working out with... Cam Newton. https://t.co/YvWUG870AN

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Free-agent QB Cam Newton posted video on his Instagram of him going through a throwing session — another step in his return from foot surgery. On the left is QB coach Jeff Christensen, who we mentioned yesterday on @nflnetwork has been working with Newton and Tyrod Taylor. https://t.co/BTsez3G5Yq

Taylor told the Orange County Register's Gilbert Manzano on Sunday that he has "no regrets" about posting the photo because he and Newton "have been really good friends since college days."

The Chargers signed Taylor to a two-year contract in March 2019. The 30-year-old appeared in eight games for L.A. last season but has not started since his 2018 campaign with the Cleveland Browns. He is 23-21-1 as a starter, headlined by an 8-6 record as Buffalo's starter in 2017.