Top NFL prospect Cam Newton is coming to Orchard Park on Monday. According a source, Newton need not bring a pair of football spikes with him. He’ll be in town, but not to workout nor visit with the entire organization. Instead, the source says, he’s coming to meet one on one directly with… and only with Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey.
“Chan will question him about everything football and he is going to have to sort of win him over,” the source said.
It’s my understanding at this point the organization is a bit mixed on Newton. Some believe he’s definitely the right quarterback to turn the franchise around while others, including Gailey, are a bit more skeptical. I’m told this interview will be 100 percent about football as the team is satisfied with all the background and character checks they’ve completed their due diligence on.
“Chalk talk at its finest— and most intense.” I’m told.
Newton has already worked out in front of Bills general manager Buddy Nix twice. The first came at the NFL Combine, in which Newton struggled throwing the ball. The second time was at Auburn’s pro day when Newton threw much better and looked more confident in his foot work and mechanics. Nix also had dinner with Newton while in Auburn earlier this month.
Gailey was not in attendance for Newton’s pro day.
So is Newton a real candidate to be selected third overall if Gailey is satisfied with his football mentality, or is this a smokescreen to try and entice quarterback-hungry teams to trade up with the Bills?
According to the source, it’s definitely the former. If Gailey is convinced, and I’m told he’s not as of now, after spending one on one time with last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, there may be a consensus at One Bills Drive. Word is both Nix and owner Ralph Wilson like Newton a lot, but won’t draft a quarterback without Gailey’s stamp of approval. After all, Gailey is the one that ultimately will have to develop him.
Carolina is said to be interested in Newton as well as Blaine Gabbert. The Panthers own the top pick, making it possible Newton isn’t around even if the Bills place him on top of their board.