Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9) throws for an interception Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Seahawks claim former UW QB Jacob Eason off waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason off waivers Wednesday, one day after he was let go by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eason is a native of Washington state and played collegiately in Seattle at the University of Washington.

The Seahawks added to their quarterback depth as Russell Wilson remains sidelined with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Seattle started Geno Smith last week and also has Jake Luton on the practice squad.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team had “talked to” free agent quarterback Cam Newton, but that hasn’t materialized into an agreement. Newton, a former league MVP, recently announced he received his COVID-19 vaccination; his vaccination status was perceived as one reason why the New England Patriots released him before the season.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season for Indianapolis, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

The Colts waived Eason in favor of sticking with two other back-ups, Brett Hundley and Sam Ehlinger, the latter of whom was activated from IR Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks have talked with Cam Newton

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team reached out to free agent Cam Newton after fellow quarterback Russell Wilson sustained a finger injury.

Carroll, however, appeared to qualify his admission to 710 ESPN Seattle as the team essentially doing its homework on all available quarterbacks.

“Just so you know, we have talked to him. We’re talking to everybody that could help us,” Carroll said.

Newton, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, has been out of work since the New England Patriots released him on Aug. 31. The Patriots opted to go with first-round pick Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.

One impediment to his return had been his COVID-19 vaccination status, however Newton said in a video he posted to YouTube Sunday night that he now is vaccinated. Players who aren’t vaccinated face a five-day waiting period between signing with a team and reporting for duty.

Newton, 32, has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 touchdowns and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 TDs in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. He won MVP honors and guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season.

Geno Smith threw for 209 yards in the Seahawks’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. His fumble in the waning minutes of overtime led to Chris Boswell’s game-winning 37-yard field goal.

During Seattle’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7, Wilson sustained a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

Wilson, 32, had not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially ended on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws the ball prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Free agent QB Cam Newton now vaccinated

Veteran quarterback Cam Newton remains unsigned but not unvaccinated, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The former league MVP has been out of work since the New England Patriots released him on Aug. 31.

One impediment to his return had been his COVID-19 vaccination status. Players who aren’t vaccinated face a five-day waiting period between signing with a team and reporting for duty, not an ideal situation for teams facing an immediate need for a new quarterback.

Newton, 32, is reportedly looking to catch on with a new employer, but only in a starting role.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection went 7-8 as the Patriots’ starter last season, passing for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He rushed for 592 yards and 12 scores.

New England opted to go with first-round pick Mac Jones as the starting quarterback this season.

Newton has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 touchdowns and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 TDs in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. He won Most Valuable Player honors and guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton favored to WFT with Ryan Fitzpatrick out

If Cam Newton is truly open to being a backup and a mentor, an opportunity might present itself with the Washington Football Team.

The WFT placed starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve Monday with a hip subluxation. The 38-year-old is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, with Taylor Heinicke taking the reigns of the offense.

Kyle Allen is also on the 53-man roster and his ties to coach Ron Rivera date back to their time together with the Carolina Panthers. He spent 2018-19 as the backup to Newton, who was with Rivera in Carolina from 2011-19, winning the NFL MVP award during the Panthers’ run to the Super Bowl in the 2015 season.

Fitzgerald’s injury has led to the WFT being listed as the +250 favorite by DraftKings to sign Newton, the 32-year-old who was released by New England on Aug. 31.

The next shortest odds belong to the Houston Texans at +500. Houston beat Jacksonville in Week 1 with veteran Tyrod Taylor. His current backup is rookie Davis Mills with Deshaun Watson expected to be inactive on a weekly basis this season if not traded.

The Dallas Cowboys are next at +650 with Cooper Rush and Will Grier the untested backups to Dak Prescott, who is coming off an impressive Week 1 performance following last season’s gruesome ankle injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers are being offered at +800 with Mason Rudolph the primary backup to Ben Roethlisberger.

Newton re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal, but New England opted to go with rookie Mac Jones. Newton said in a YouTube Live video last week that he would have been open to staying on as Jones’ mentor.

“Let me be honest with you. If they would have asked me, ‘Cam, we’re going to give the team to Mac, you’re going to be second-string; we expect you to be everything and some to guide him throughout this tenure,’ I would have said, ‘Absolutely,’” Newton said. “But listen, the truth of the matter is this: He would have been uncomfortable.”

Heinicke signed a two-year extension in February after taking over for an ineffective Dwayne Haskins in Week 16 of last season. After having been out of the league for two seasons, Heinicke started the WFT’s wild card playoff loss against Tampa Bay.

The team brought in Fitzpatrick for veteran stability this offseason, but multiple sportsbooks told Field Level Media on Monday that Heinicke taking over the starting job had not yet resulted in notable movement on the WFT’s futures market.

The WFT is being offered at +250 by DraftKings to win the NFC East, behind only Dallas at +135. They are also ninth in the NFC at +2200 to reach the Super Bowl.

Rivera said Monday that Fitzpatrick will have a second opinion this week and that the franchise is not planning to make a significant move at quarterback ahead of Thursday night’s game against the New York Giants. The team did sign quarterback Kyle Shurmur to the practice squad.

Heinicke relieved Fitzpatrick on Sunday and finished 11-of-15 for 122 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“He gave us a spark when we needed it,” Rivera said of Heinicke. “When Taylor stepped in and brought some energy, that was a huge plus. There is something about Taylor; that’s a huge positive. It brings a little something.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton: Release from Pats ‘absolutely’ caught him by surprise

Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton didn’t hold back while addressing his release from the New England Patriots.

“Did it catch me by surprise being released? Absolutely,” Newton said Friday morning in a 45-minute YouTube Live video in which he sat down with his father, Cecil, at Westlake High School in Atlanta.

Newton, 32, said he believed he would have been cut from the Patriots regardless of his five-day absence due to a COVID-19 protocol “misunderstanding” last month.

“During that time, I started seeing signs of change,” Newton said. “… Do I think this would have happened without me being away from the team for five days? Honestly, yes. It was going to happen. Did it help ease the decision? Yes.”

Newton said he “absolutely” would have accepted a backup role behind Mac Jones, however he questioned whether the rookie first-round pick would have been comfortable with that situation.

“Let me be honest with you. If they would have asked me, ‘Cam, we’re going to give the team to Mac, you’re going to be second-string; we expect you to be everything and some to guide him throughout this tenure,’ I would have said, ‘Absolutely,’” Newton said. “But listen, the truth of the matter is this: He would have been uncomfortable.”

The Patriots, who signed Newton to a one-year deal worth close to $14 million to return to the team in 2021, released him Aug. 31.

Speculation swirled that the Patriots cut Newton because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Coach Bill Belichick said last week that played no role in the decision to release Newton.

As the Patriots starter last season, Newton — the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player — completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 592 yards with 12 scores.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up against the New York Giants before the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton teases video to get things ‘off my chest’

Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton promised to share “a lot of things that I need to get off my chest” soon.

In a video posted to his Instagram account Wednesday, Newton said he will be dropping a video on Friday to address issues on his mind.

“This is not a retirement speech, and I have a lot of football still left in me,” Newton, 32, said.

Perhaps Newton will address his exit from New England. The Patriots, who signed him to a one-year deal worth close to $14 million to return to the team in 2021, released him Aug. 31 and handed the starting job to rookie first-round pick Mac Jones. Newton’s ability to win the job was hindered, in part, by landing in the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Speculation swirled that the Patriots cut Newton because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Coach Bill Belichick said last week that played no role in the decision to release Newton.

As the Patriots starter last season, Newton — the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player — completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 592 yards with 12 scores.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington tabs Ryan Fitzpatrick as starter, rules out Cam Newton

The Washington Football Team named Ryan Fitzpatrick as its starting quarterback and put an end to talk that Cam Newton would reunite with his longtime NFL coach.

Newton, who was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday, spent nine seasons with current Washington head coach Ron Rivera in Carolina. The 32-year-old Newton was named the NFL MVP during the 2015 campaign with the Panthers.

Rivera acknowledged that Washington is set at the quarterback position.

“It did pop up on our radar, but just so you know, Ryan Fitzpatrick is our starting quarterback,” Rivera said. “So that’s where we are. We have three guys we like that all came to camp, did a nice job for us and we’re going to go forward with those guys.”

Taylor Heinicke will serve as the backup, while Kyle Allen is the team’s No. 3 quarterback.

Fitzpatrick, 38, began last season as the starter for the Miami Dolphins. However, rookie Tua Tagovailoa took over in the second half of the 2020 season and is viewed as the future of the franchise.

A seventh-round pick in 2005, Fitzpatrick has played for the then-St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dolphins.

Fitzpatrick has 34,977 career passing yards and 223 touchdown passes with 169 interceptions. Last season, he went 4-3 as a starter, completing a career-high 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,091 yards with 13 TD passes and eight interceptions.

Newton, 32, completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 592 yards with 12 scores.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Patriots release Cam Newton, tab Mac Jones as starting QB

The New England Patriots have released quarterback Cam Newton and turned the starting job over to Mac Jones, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

As the Patriots starter last season, Newton — the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player — completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 592 yards with 12 scores.

But the 2011 top overall pick lost a training camp battle against Jones to keep the job, hindered in part by landing in the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

Newton started Sunday’s preseason finale against the New York Giants, but completed just 2 of 5 passes for 10 yards and left after two drives. His final pass was an interception that ended the second drive.

Jones took over and went 10-for-14 for 156 yards with a touchdown. Jones completed 36 of 52 passes for 389 yards over the three preseason games.

Brian Hoyer will be Jones’ backup for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

QB Cam Newton out of COVID protocols, returns to Patriots

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton was back at practice Thursday after missing five days as required by league COVID-19 protocols.

Newton’s hiatus resulted from a trip he made Saturday to a “club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area,” the team said Monday. “Due to a misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam will be subject to the five-day entry cadence process before returning to the facility.”

Coach Bill Belichick said Thursday, per NFL Network, that Newton “didn’t go against team rules” and added, “All the QBs will get work today.”

In Newton’s absence, first-round draft pick Mac Jones ran with the first team on Tuesday and at Wednesday’s joint practice with the New York Giants.

Belichick hasn’t named a starter for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass.

The Patriots conclude their preseason slate on Sunday vs. the Giants.

As the Patriots starter last season, Newton — the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player — completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran for 592 yards with 12 scores.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pats frustrated with Cam Newton over hiatus

The New England Patriots are frustrated internally with quarterback Cam Newton’s decision to leave the team and subsequent five-day hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The team publicly referred to Newton’s situation as a “misunderstanding” of the league’s testing protocols Monday and coach Bill Belichick stood by that Tuesday.

However, there is a sentiment that Newton’s misstep could be an open door for rookie quarterback Mac Jones, according to NFL Network.

Belichick was asked Tuesday if Newton’s absence was a good opportunity for Jones.

“It is, yes,” Belichick responded. But that’s as committal as the coach would get when questioned another time about the situation.

“We’ll evaluate everything the way we always do, based on the information we have,” he added.

Newton is expected to return Thursday, giving Jones Tuesday plus Wednesday’s joint practice with the New York Giants to run with the first team.

The Patriots play their preseason finale Sunday vs. the Giants.

Newton on Saturday went to a “club-approved medical appointment that required him to leave the New England area,” the team said Monday. “Due to a misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities, and as required by the NFL-NFLPA protocols, Cam will be subject to the five-day entry cadence process before returning to the facility.

Newton has refused to say whether he’s been vaccinated, but the situation seems to have exposed the fact that he hasn’t been since only unvaccinated players require daily testing.

That question was also put to Belichick, who was vague when asked if being unvaccinated puts Newton at a disadvantage.

“The league rules are the league rules,” he said. “We’ll be compliant with them. … Every team is dealing with the same situation.”

–Field Level Media