Cam Newton was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the regular season. This came like a shock to most NFL analysts. I mean, Newton was supposed to start games in the 2021 NFL season. Head coach Bill Belichick offered him another deal and even said Newton was his quarterback. What happened in the offseason?
The Patriots released Newton after the third game of the preseason game. It was a match against the New York Giants and Newton had a terrible interception. The 2015 NFL MVP has the answer to all your questions.
On Friday morning, Newton had this convo with his father and they talked about his role with the Patriots and Belichick’s decision to cut him.
“Can we be honest? The reason why they released me is because indirectly I was going to be a distraction, without being the starter,” Newton said. “Just my aura. That’s my gift and my curse.”
Cam Newton knows why he was released
This is absolutely true. Newton is one of the most popular NFL players at the moment. He is a respected player and young players look up to him. Pretty much everyone follows him on and off the field. Yes, Newton is a distraction.
Earlier in this convo, Newton shared the details from his release. As you may be guessing, this decision came like a real shock.
“When it happened, I went through the meeting – Matt Patricia and Bill [Belichick were there] – and we greeted each other and started talking,” Newton said. “At that time, they told me they were going to give the reigns to Mac, and I was like ‘OK, cool.’ It didn’t dawn on me that y’all are releasing me. I was confused – it was uncomfortable for everyone.”
It’s time for a fresh start, right? Newton deserves this after a few long years filled with disappointment. He is a talented player and a former MPV. He won’t really get a starting job at this point. However, he can be someone’s backup. This is the only scenario we can think of at the moment.