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Drew Brees: Cam Newton ‘absolutely deserving’ of MVP award

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Despite being division rivals for going on years, Drew Brees endorsed Cam Newton as the player who most deserves being named MVP at season’s end.

The New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback was making an appearance on NFL Network when he was asked if the Carolina Panthers signal-caller, who has led his team to a 14-1 record, has earned the MVP award.

“I absolutely do. I think he’s played phenomenal,” Brees said, as transcribed by Ian Rapoport on Twitter, via Eye On Football. “I think the thing I’ve been most impressed with is his ability to throw the football.

“Obviously, he’s a guy who can make a ton of plays doing a lot of different things. He can run the football, scrambling, throwing the ball down the field. But I think what’s impressed me the most is his ability to stay in the pocket, deliver the ball short, intermediate and long in some pretty clutch situations.

“So, yeah, I believe he’s absolutely deserving of the MVP.”

Newton without question is the front-runner to be named MVP, with perhaps Carson Palmer — and arguably Russell Wilson as a huge long shot — on his heels. And Newton’s numbers — particularly the way his statistics demonstrate a continued evolution of his mastery of the quarterback position — represent just how phenomenal of a season he has enjoyed.

Newton has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 3,544 yards and 33 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions, good for a 97.0 rating. He also carried the ball 126 times for 626 yards — a 5.0-yard average — and rushed for eight touchdowns.

Brees obviously isn’t alone in his opinion that Newton deserves being named MVP. But his praise definitely is a classy move by a player who, despite putting up incredibly impressive stats throughout his career, has never won the award himself.