Surprise team enters Cam Newton sweepstakes

It’s impossible to say where Cam Newton is going to fall in the draft but at this point it’s difficult to imagine him falling out of the top 10.

That’s what makes it very interesting to learn that the Seattle Seahawks have apparently taken interest in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Auburn. Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Seahawks are one of nine teams to schedule a private workout with Newton. The Carolina Panthers, who hold the No. 1 overall selection, will head back to campus for a visit next week.

The Seahawks don’t pick until No. 25 by virtue of being the least bad team in the NFC West. Their draft position was then pushed further down by an upset victory over the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, 35, is out of contract and the expectation is he will re-sign with the team. But even if the Seahawks do bring Hasselbeck back, they need to plan a future at the position and it might be one with Charlie Whitehurst. Obviously, the Seahawks would likely have to move up in the draft to select Newton. How high? Who knows. With a rookie wage scale expected, it will be less prohibitive for teams to trade into the top-10.

Per Gantt’s report, Newton will also work out for Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Cleveland, Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota. All of those teams are in the top 12.

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