Why shouldn’t Denver take a flier on Cam Newton? If paying him backup money you’re getting a bargain on a former MVP who appears to be in decent shape and health (if videos are to be trusted) and isn’t that long in the tooth (31 on Monday).

Otherwise the Broncos are going into the season with a QB with five starts under his belt and the not-so-fearsome troika of Brandon Allen, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel backing up Drew Lock. Is that who you want running the show in the later stages of Von Miller’s career?

I don’t think any available backup would be better. The margin between playoff and non-playoff teams in the NFL is slim and can certainly swing on QB performance. And once you’re in, you never know what can happen, other than fans are happier and their wallets lighter for your benefit.

Newton has passed for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns with 108 interceptions. He has also rushed for 4,806 yards and a whopping 56 touchdowns. Who knows he might even become the starter, one way or another, this season.

The Patriots should be down after losing Tom Brady, and the Chiefs, well, they should be pretty tough but it might take two good quarterbacks to hang with them.

It’s always better to have a strong backup in case of injury, anyway.

After all, Cam Newton was on the field the last time the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl.

Perhaps he would help them get there again.

Jim O’Connell is a senior sports copy editor for The Gazette.

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