1) he wasn't basically a first round pick. they put nowhere near the effort into checking this guy out that they would have a real first rounder (otherwise they may have passed as well) and they also don't have anywhere close to the financial stake one would with a first rounder.
2) then clausen is a fallback option? what have you seen that makes you feel this would be better than newton having a struggle with the playbook?
3) i'd rather have the bar set a little higher for competition. a rabbit in a race with a slug is competition, but it won't make the rabbit any faster. i doubt anyone on the roster right now would be all that hard to overcome on the depth chart for newton.
We tried trading up to get him but the price was too high so we sat and waited and he fell to us.
Why not have Clausen as a fallback option? We have to sign D'Lo, Johnson, Davis, and try and get some help at CB and DT in free agency. Why waste money on a backup QB in FA? We should spend our money wisely since JR is known to be a tightwad.
I understand people wanting us to bring in a vet to compete but it's Cam's job. The only thing that will stop him from starting is his own self. So keep guys we already have under contract (unless we get a good offer on Clausen.) If not keep him and fill other holes and get better collectively as a team.