It’s rather strange that a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL MVP is a free agent as the 2021 NFL season begins to gain momentum. Cam Newton finds himself in that situation, having suffered a spectacular fall following his Super Bowl appearance with the Carolina Panthers in 2015.
Despite numerous injuries over the past few seasons, Newton maintains that he has plenty left to offer. Newton offers more than assured passing, as his larger-than-life character brings with it a dedicated legion of fans. However, Newton appears to be finding it difficult to gain a spot in the NFL.
Cam is still looking for a new club following his dismissal from the New England Patriots
“I have a lot of football still in me,” Cam said in a teaser video posted on Instagram.
Cam wants to continue playing football at the highest level, but it’s unclear whether there is a team willing to gamble on him. Football pundit Ian Rapoport stated on Gresh & Keefe that he’d heard nothing about a team offering Cam a job but cautioned that the potential team might be keeping things quiet.
In a tell-all video about his dismissal from the New England Patriots, Newton stated that he believes that he is better than some of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the league and, therefore, deserves to be in a team. However, it’s unlikely that a team will drop a starting quarterback to accommodate Cam, despite his impressive resume.
“His best chance is probably a starter getting injured, a team that doesn’t have a good backup, doesn’t trust its backup, or thinks that is just a quarterback away from being a real contender,” Ian said. Maybe that team signs him.”
Newton would have been comfortable playing backup to Mac Jones
The New England Patriots released a statement stating that a ‘miscommunication’ on protocol caused Cam’s absence from training camp and contributed to his eventual dismissal.
Cam states left the camp to get a second opinion on an injury. “They gave me clearance to go,” Cam told his father, Cecil Newton Sr., in a tell-all video posted on Cam’s YouTube channel. Newton feels that he would have been dismissed regardless of his absence from camp.
“Do I think this would have happened without me being away from the team for five days?” Cam asked. “Honestly, yes, it was going to happen. Did it help ease the decision? Yes.”
Newton rubbished reports that he wouldn’t have played backup to rookie quarterback Mac Jones. He feels that the team had started to subtly edge him out to accommodate Jones. He opines that he would have comfortably supported Jones, but the Patriots didn’t want that:
“Can we be honest? The reason why they released me is because indirectly, I was going to be a distraction, without being the starter. Just my aura. That’s my gift and my curse. When you bring Cam Newton to your facility, your franchise, people are interested, people are intrigued.”
Ian Rapoport believes that Cam’s perceived inability to be a backup is preventing teams from going in for him. Ian believes that, despite Cam’s assertions, he’s just not cut out to be a peripheral figure. Rapoport said:
“I’m not sure that being a backup is really something that is in Cam’s makeup. And it’s not even his fault, he’s too big of a deal. You don’t want your backup to be a big-time, magnetic, huge personality that fans and teammates are gonna be clamoring for if it doesn’t go well. Like, not everyone is cut out to be a backup.”