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Cam Newton on his release: “I was going to be a distraction without being the starter.”

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots surprised many in the NFL by releasing Cam Newton in their final roster cuts. Thus making rookie quarterback Mac Jones their starter for week 1. Another team has not picked up Newton. But a player of his ability surely won't be a free agent for long. Despite a disappointing 2020 season in which he threw more interceptions than touchdowns for the Patriots.

The 2015 MVP has not played a playoff game since 2017. But he holds no grudges against New England for choosing a rookie over him to start the season. Admitting that he understood the team's position.

"The reason 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 a Cam Newton to your facility, your franchise, people are interested."Cam Newton

Newton is still one of the NFL's most athletic quarterbacks. As he showed last season, running in 12 touchdowns, the second-best return of his career. However, the question remains, are Cam Newton's best years behind him? Even at 32-year-old. Cam has not led a team to a winning season since 2017, and maybe he is beginning to realize he is not the draw he once was.

"I would’ve said, ‘yes, absolutely. Yeah.’ The truth of the matter is this, he would’ve been uncomfortable. It comes from me being me."Cam Newton on if he would have stayed on as a backup in New England

In reality, Newton is likely correct. Rookie Mac Jones would not have been able to enjoy an honest beginning as a starter with Cam waiting in the wings. Questions on why Newton wasn't starting would follow any slight mistake or misjudgment from Jones. The former Carolina Panthers man was full of praise for the young buck, however.

"Mac was cool. He was a person who was young. He is still trying to find his way. That's why I'm saying what can he teach me when it's coming at him faster than it's coming at me? We were helping each other. "Cam Newton on Mac Jones

A disappointing end in New England for Cam Newton, but the future looks bright for Mac Jones. He's already earned the trust of arguably the greatest coach in football history in Bill Belichick, and he hasn't even played a competitive game yet. Bring on Sunday!

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