Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes "tremendous" quarterback Cam Newton will win games for a team this season.
Lynn explained it was the Chargers' confidence in their own players that led to their decision not to add him to their roster.
Newton remains unsigned almost two months after his release from the Carolina Panthers, having spent nine seasons in Charlotte.
After Philip Rivers' departure, the Chargers were seen as one of his most likely landing spots but they declared Tyrod Taylor as starter before drafting Justin Herbert at number six overall.
With it looking likely Newton will settle for a backup job in 2020 unless there is a major QB injury, Lynn talked up the 31-year-old's credentials as he confirmed the Chargers considered signing him.
Asked if the team explored the possibility, Lynn told CBS Sports Radio: "Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback.
"He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear.
"Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."
"I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have," Lynn added, as he explained why the Chargers opted not to sign Newton before the draft.
"With Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick - those are guys that a lot of people don't talk about. He [Stick] was a Division I AA, he won like three National Championships.
"He's a hell of a leader, hell of a professional and I think he has a bright future in this league one day."
Meanwhile, Rivers – who left the Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts after 16 seasons – is already making a strong impression with his new team.
Rivers only signed a one-year, $25million deal and has a deal in place to coach high school football in Alabama after his NFL career is over.
But Colts coach Frank Reich said the "spirit" of their agreement was a multi-year pact.
"I can just tell you I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," he said, per The Athletic. "I'm very optimistic."
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