KEY POINTS

  • Rivera is unlikely to reunite with Newton
  • Newton does not fit Redskins plans
  • Newton's health remains a concern for NFL teams

Cam Newton is available and the first thing that most NFL followers would ask is if his former coach would be interested in a reunion. Former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is now calling the shots for the Washington Redskins and seems to have had no celebrated rift with the former NFL MVP.

Regardless, it appears seeing Newton rejoin Rivera over in Washington will not happen. The 58-year-old coach, who was sacked just last season, feels that the 30-year-old quarterback will not fit in with the youth movement the Redskins are doing according to Kyle Stackpole from the team's official website.

“At the end of the day, we have a young football team with a young quarterback in position,” Rivera said. “We have the chance to set and establish a thing so that’s the way we’re looking at it.”

Before news broke out that the Panthers were done with Newton, the Redskins ironically took in Kyle Allen. Rivera coached the 24-year-old when he was still in Carolina and it appears he sees some potential in the Arizona native.

“Kyle is also a young guy who has a live arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I’m excited about what the potential could be,” he said.

Aside from Allen, Washington also has Dwayne Haskins at the quarterback position. With the two already set for the coming NFL season, taking in Newton may have all been dashed. As of this writing, no team has come close to signing the  2015 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Most have been speculation but nothing has gone beyond that.

The New England Patriots would have made sense following the departure of Tom Brady. The 42-year-old is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Pats with a weak quarterback rotation. They did take in Brian Hoyer but the veteran hardly counts for a superstar starting quarterback.

Newton played just two games last season and his injury is a concern for prospective NFL teams. When healthy, there is no denying that the top pick of the 2011 NFL Draft is a dangerous player in the field. Unfortunately, injuries have hounded and slowed him in the past years. Right now, he has yet to fully recover from foot surgery, a probable reason why teams are passing on him right now.

Ron Rivera Carolina Panthers The Carolina Panthers shared their favorite Vine, which featured head coach Ron Rivera. Pictured: Rivera looks on at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Getty Images