Quarterback Cam Newton has remained a free agent since the Patriots surprisingly parted ways with him ahead of the 2021 NFL season.
Many speculated that Newton still hadn’t signed because neither team had chased him. However, the veteran quarterback claimed in an episode of “Funky Fridays with Cam Newton” that there were teams that wanted to sign him.
“I’m just waiting for the right opportunity,” Newton said. “You’re probably wondering, ‘Nobody wants Cam.’ It’s a lie. I got some offers … that must be fair. “
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It’s unclear what the “right opportunity” would be for Newton, but the former Panthers and Patriots quarterback has been a starter throughout his ten-year career. He started 139 of the 140 games he played; he played 98% of the snaps in his only no-start, while on the bench for the opening snap after breaking the Panthers dress code.
As such, it wouldn’t be surprising if Newton were looking for a place where he could possibly compete as a starter. He may not be able to make it in 2021, but he could choose to sign up with a team looking for a starting quarterback and compete for a full-time starting position in 2022. Teams like the Giants, Falcons, Lions and Washington The football team could make sense to Newton.
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Regardless of what he is looking for, it will be easier for Newton to sign with any team. He confirmed he was now vaccinated. He explained that he initially resisted because “the side effects weren’t good for me” as he competed for the top Patriots position with Mac Jones, but opted to get it after being become a free agent.
The NFL’s COVID protocols require unvaccinated players to undergo a five-day waiting period before joining the team that signs them, so Newton won’t have to go through this again if he signs somewhere. Removing that hurdle should help Newton achieve his ultimate desire to play in the NFL again.
“Hell yeah, I still wanna play football,” Newton said. “I always want to go out and play and do something that I’ve been doing since I was 7.”
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