The Kansas City Chiefs entered the offseason without a long list of glaring needs.
Of course, that was to be expected.
After all, the Chiefs are just over a month removed from winning their second Super Bowl in the last three years.
There’s one under-the-radar position, however, that Kansas City needs to address this offseason.
The Chiefs don’t have a primary backup quarterback with Chad Henne retiring.
Obviously, Kansas City doesn’t want to envision a scenario where they have to turn to a backup quarterback. But we all saw last season that a backup quarterback can be needed at any time.
When Patrick Mahomes suffered an ankle injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs, Henne was able to step into the game and lead the Chiefs on a scoring drive.
If Mahomes suffers a longterm injury, Kansas City’s Super Bowl hopes are likely toast. But there could also be times when a backup is needed for a drive or two. And the Chiefs need a capable backup for those situations.
CBS Sports thinks Kansas City should look into signing former NFL MVP Cam Newton, who is gearing up to make another comeback in the NFL.
From CBS Sports: After Chad Henne’s retirement, Patrick Mahomes’ projected backup is third-year reserve Shane Buechele, a former undrafted rookie who’s yet to take an NFL snap. Is Andy Reid really going to take that route in the middle of an emergent dynasty? More than veteran insurance, Newton would give him yet another toy for his creative red-zone designs.
Newton hasn’t played since 2021 when he went 0-5 as a starter for the Carolina Panthers. He also started 15 games for the New England Patriots in 2020, going 7-8 during his lone season in Foxborough.
— Cameron 1 Newton (@CameronNewton) March 20, 2023
I don’t think there’s any chance this happens. For starters, Newton has made it clear he wants to be a starter. Secondly, Newton has a bit of an ego — which isn’t a bad thing — but I’m not sure there’s room for that in Kansas City’s locker room.
This just seems like a move that doesn’t come with much upside for Kansas City. I’d be shocked if the Chiefs strongly consider signing Newton.