New Orleans Saints have had the luxury of one of the NFL's greatest ever quarterbacks over the past decade.
But with Drew Brees nearing the end of his career, they have been tipped as dark horses to splash the cash and land Cam Newton as his replacement.
Newton's future as a Carolina Panther is in serious doubt after head coach Ron Rivera was fired in a move the superstar claimed "hurt deep".
There have been suggestions the Panthers could cut ties with Newton to free up cap space in the final year of his big-money deal in 2020.
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That would see the dual-threat quarterback hit free agency – and ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler reckons Sean Payton and the Saints could be a team who make an unlikely move.
Speaking on the ESPN Daily podcast, Fowler said: "The wild card here is New Orleans.
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“Now, it would be unlikely, but one guy I talked to said Sean Payton secretly loved Lamar Jackson in the draft, and he loves that style of quarterback.
"Where you can get creative — you can run and you can throw and you can do whatever you want. And so, they’ve kind of experimented with that with Taysom Hill as a result.
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“So if you do Newton you’d have to be all in, and it’d have to be a successor situation to Drew Brees. But (if) Brees continues completing 74% of his passes or whatever it is now, it’s going to be hard to move on from him.”
The Los Angeles Charges and Chicago Bears have also been touted as more likely landing spots for Newton.
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The former Heisman Trophy winner has had a miserable spell with injuries over the last few seasons, being shut down for the year with a foot problem just two games into the season.
Despite flashes of potential from Kyle Allen, they have gone 5-5 in Newton's absence, leading to new team owner David Tepper removing long-time head coach Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney in a major change behind the scenes.
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