Newton has accomplished a spectacular amount in football career. He is a former NFL MVP (2015), Rookie of the Year (2011), three-time Pro Bowler, Heisman Trophy winner (2010), and two-time BCS National Champion (2008 and 2010).
While Newton has been in the spotlight for well over a decade, the star is still just 30-years-old. By modern NFL standards, its possible that he still has several years of productive play left.
After all, Tom Brady is still performing at a high level, despite being nearly 43-years-old. While the rushing ability that made Newton special will likely begin to decline, he is still a very capable athlete and passer.
Cam’s career track record indicates that he is a lock for 3,000+ yards and 20+ touchdowns when given the opportunity to play. And those numbers are quite conservative.
The concern with Newton’s injury history also means his price tag should be low. The fact that Carolina was unable to move him via trade indicates that there likely isn’t an overwhelming number of teams vying for his services.
The Raiders would be foolish to pass on the chance to add a quarterback with tremendous upside at a potentially discounted rate.