Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has private workouts scheduled with at least eight NFL teams, ensuring that roughly half of those in the top half of the NFL draft's first round will have a closer look at one of the most intriguing prospects.
In each case, the team's head coach will conduct the workouts at undisclosed locations.
The Panthers and Bills already have had private dinners with Newton and his representatives, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported. Carolina owns the top overall pick in April's NFL Draft, while Buffalo has the third overall selection. Both teams are in the market for a quarterback.
Washington, which owns the 10th pick, has Donovan McNabb, but both parties are looking to part ways, and a trade is likely after a new CBA is in place. Neither Rex Grossman nor John Beck are considered long-term solutions for the Redskins.
Minnesota is in the market for a quarterback after Brett Favre retired and the team decided not to tender a contract to Tarvaris Jackson, which likely indicates he will not return to Minnesota. Joe Webb, Patrick Ramsey and Rhett Bomar are the only quarterbacks the Vikings currently have on their roster. The Vikings reportedly had interest in Kyle Orton, but the Broncos have stated publicly that Orton is their starter.
Cecil Newton also told Brandt that his son plans to stay in the Atlanta area if there is a work stoppage and take college courses over the Internet in hopes of earning his degree. He is 18 credits short, according to his mother, Jackie.