Cam Newton on free agency: I’m a fish out of water

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The Panthers released Cam Newton on March 24. He remains without a new team and that could last awhile with teams unable to have their own doctors examine the quarterback.

Newton joined Chris Paul on Instagram Live on Monday, making his most extensive public comments since the Panthers parted ways in favor of Teddy Bridgewater.

“It’s so much possibility for me right now, but the fact that this corona situation has hit, I’m not a person to blame or do any of that things, man, it’s business,” Newton told Paul, via video from Sheena Quick of 1340AM Fox Sports. “But at the same time, I think I have been affected in a lot of ways, and it’s just [unfortunate], but yeah, at the end of the day, man, I’m going to let the ball play how it play, man, and go from there.”

The Panthers drafted Newton with the first overall pick in 2011. He has never known anything else.

“I’m in unchartered waters for the first time in my career. You know what I’m saying?” Newton said.

Newton, who turns 31 next month, said the chip he always carries on his shoulder has “about turned into family size real quick.”

Newton said he has taken time to improve himself since being released. He has taken up meditation, among other things, as the three-time Pro Bowler seeks guidance on his future.

“I really have taken this time to become stronger mentally, physically and spiritually,” Newton said. “I think that’s more important than anything, man. I’ve gained this interest in mediating every morning, and it’s time for me.

“I’m a fish out of water. I’ve never not known anything other than the Carolina Panthers, and now it’s like I want God to direct my path and put me in a position where I can thrive and be myself. But on top of that, it’s still [about] becoming better.”

Newton won league MVP honors in 2015 when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. He is a three-time Pro Bowler.

A source was emphatic that Newton “can still play,” though Newton has had shoulder and foot injuries that have limited him the past two seasons. In 16 games over the past two years, Newton has thrown for 3,967 yards with 24 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 90.5.

Newton ranks first on PFT’s list of top 25 remaining free agents.

49 responses to “Cam Newton on free agency: I’m a fish out of water

  1. Dallas makes the most sense, sign him to backup Dak, if he can prove he’s healthy have him compete for the starting job. Dak might be younger but not better than a healthy Cam. As long as they can get him for the right price Cam can also be a good bridge QB until they can draft someone if they can’t resign Dak. No one else wants him so offer him an incentive laden contract and see if he bites

  2. It’s really amazing how he is only 31 but already labeled as damaged goods. That’s the story for mobile QBs. That’s why it is important to establish yourself as a pocket passer and only run when you have no choice. That’s how Rivers, Brees, Brady, etc., continue to play into their late 30s to early 40s. Hopefully Lamar gets there and doesnt have to rely on his legs as much.

  3. Patriots might work, but I really think he makes more sense going into LA or Vegas from a business standpoint. New stadiums to fill and both Raiders and Chargers could use some hype.

    Regardless what people blog about……he will bring excitement to his new squad. That sells seats and Will drive this train to its destination.

    I’m going to say that he ends up in LA as the Chargers Starting QB, when the train stops.

  4. He might have been a better fit for Tampa Bay then Brady…Chargers makes sense…wonder where Winston will end up as a backup

  5. Listen, Cam will be a Dolphin. Comeback player of the year, 12-4 record. Leads Miami to playoffs for the 4th time in past 20 years.

  6. I have watched Cam all through the good and bad, every game. I can’t see him going somewhere where he has to compete for the starting position. He won’t like it and the team won’t like the way he will act being the backup and even less if eventually he becomes the starter as he resists coaching. People say Carolina didn’t protect him enough but Cam would not have it any other way, even when he was hurt. When they did try to make him stay in the pocket he seemed to spitefully fling the ball even more wildly. He admitted to hiding his foot injury knowing he could not even run at all in pregame. That cost his team a victory because he could not push off to run a QB sneak from the 1 yard line at the end of the game. I say he will wait until a team wants or needs him, so just like always, Cam can be Cam coaching be damned. Remember his old coach chose not only to keep what he’s got at QB, but he took Cam’s backup that lost his last 5 games as a Panther.

  7. Newton said he has taken time to improve himself since being released.

    Maybe if he had done more of that years ago he wouldn’t be unemployed right now. Also, I’m sure he’s looking at that $19M that he would have earned this year and using that as his starting price for a contract. That’s not going to happen. I think the best deal he’ll get is either one a one-year deal to prove he can still play or as a backup (and he better be ready to play and play well or his career is over).

  8. No worries Cam. I see teams signing mediocre QB’s to huge contracts. I’m sure there are plenty of teams interested in signing a top QB. There is a ton of film on Cam. He shouldn’t have to wait long, right?

  9. Should have jumped on that ball, Cam. All would be different. But, hey….those hats look cool.

  10. I hope he doesn’t Fumble his career away and not take a Dive for this opportunity.

  11. Once again,square peg,round hole.Cam to NE?
    Check BB’s history of QBs.Tim Couch,
    Brady,JimmyG,Jacoby Bisette,Brian Boyer…
    Starters,backups,draft choices.Pocket
    Passers all.Not a running QB among them.
    Dimwit pat haters to the contrary BB runs
    the most complex variation of the west coast offence that Cam couldn’t grasp if
    his life depended on it. Even the relatively simple offence the Panthers ran
    was beyond him. Remember when they tried to
    get Cam to be more of a pocket passer?
    Yikes! Couldn’t make the reads fast enough,
    took too many hits. He wasn’t as bad as
    RG3,Manzel,Tebow…but he isn’t a good
    pocket passer, certainly not good enough
    to operate a WCO.

  12. I was totally done with Cam after that horrific youtube video, sitting back, relaxed, sipping wine, smoking cigar, popping his lips telling the world he lied about his foot so he could play in the first 2 winnable games last season….. its pretty much like he ran the entire team and Tepper saw it as well and pulled the plug! Enough of the foolishness!!

  13. Surprise, another athlete feeling disrespected.

    He is, and always has been a moody, selfish player who yuks it up in the good times and blames someone else in the bad times, instead calling it being competitive.

    Rivera protected him through a lot, probably Cam owes him a lot for him to still be in this position in 2020.

    Him losing the weight (durability) and energy by going vegan last offseason hurt him on the football field, plain and simple, but it’s someone elses fault in Newtons eyes, as it always is, and when he gets cut after signing with the next team, it will be the same story.

    The Superbowl fumble effort really was Newtons career in 3 seconds. All the talent, the size, strength, and a good qb and a natural qb when he wanted, soured by a attitude where he felt he was always owed something more than he had, no matter how much he had.

  14. I hope he was misquoted, because he doesn’t sound real smart.
    —————–
    No, that’s about as good as he gets. I don’t who makes me giggle more when they speak. Cam or Pacman. Both guys sound like they’ve never sat in a classroom. Definitely didn’t use that scholarship…

  15. There’s a cryptic message hidden in his quote. Cam says he’s “a fish out of water”. Dolphins are a fish. Cam is going to Miami. Book it.

  16. “A fish out of water” is a good analogy because he’s a running QB who can’t run anymore.

  17. Everybody knows that Buffalo is known as the place ex-Panthers go because of Beane and McDermott. There’s a certain culture they’ve established. It should shock nobody that Newton is NOWHERE on the Bills’ radar even though we could use a formidable backup QB. That’s all you need to know about Cam Newton.

  18. chawk12thman says:
    April 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm
    Patriots might work, but I really think he makes more sense going into LA or Vegas from a business standpoint. New stadiums to fill and both Raiders and Chargers could use some hype.

    Regardless what people blog about……he will bring excitement to his new squad. That sells seats and Will drive this train to its destination.

    I’m going to say that he ends up in LA as the Chargers Starting QB, when the train stops.
    ——————————————————————————–
    You do realize that the Raiders have already sold all of their season tickets. They don’t need any hype. Vegas has gone nuts over them. (Of course, this was before the chance of a shortened/no season happened). Raiders will fill that new stadium, with or without Newton.

  19. “ at the end of the day, man, I’m going to let the ball play how it play, man, and go from there.”

    So THAT’S why he didn’t jump on the SB fumble…he just wanted to let the ball play how it play!

  20. Lost me with the triple negative in the one sentence. Someone will sign him when things break loose, he just isn’t going to like to sign for “small” salary and incentives vs. $19-20 mil a year he’s used to. He can always teach diction classes.

  21. Outside of 1 yr, this guy couldn’t get it done as a mobile QB w/ average accuracy. How will he as immobile, & about 5 yrs past his peak? If someone wants to go 8-8, sign this guy.

  22. zonon85 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    I have watched Cam all through the good and bad, every game. I can’t see him going somewhere where he has to compete for the starting position. He won’t like it and the team won’t like the way he will act being the backup and even less if eventually he becomes the starter as he resists coaching. People say Carolina didn’t protect him enough but Cam would not have it any other way, even when he was hurt. When they did try to make him stay in the pocket he seemed to spitefully fling the ball even more wildly. He admitted to hiding his foot injury knowing he could not even run at all in pregame. That cost his team a victory because he could not push off to run a QB sneak from the 1 yard line at the end of the game. I say he will wait until a team wants or needs him, so just like always, Cam can be Cam coaching be damned. Remember his old coach chose not only to keep what he’s got at QB, but he took Cam’s backup that lost his last 5 games as a Panther.

    ————————————

    Thanks for sharing zonon85. Always good to get insight from a local fan who has watched & followed a player’s career closely. I’ve heard similar things about Cam, but obviously you never get the same insight on a national level as you do from a local fan’s perspective.

  23. Cam’s morning meditation:

    OM a stud
    OM a supermon
    OM a sharp dresser
    OM not a student of english
    OM full of myself

  24. I feel sooooooooooo badly for Cam, poor baby.
    I can’t even see the screen, my tears are blinding me.

  25. aa1829 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm
    I hope he was misquoted, because he doesn’t sound real smart.
    ————-
    From his past history……I’d guess NO on the misquoting…..

  26. I hope he was misquoted, because he doesn’t sound real smart.
    ___________

    “…never not known…”

    “…fish out of water…in uncharted waters…”

    Yeah, the only thing bright about Cam is his attire and fake smile.

  27. He is in the process of being humbled/ It may take at least a year. I do think he has some great football left if he can get his head right

  28. “Newton said he has taken time to improve himself since being released.”

    Still will not work on his footwork / mechanics.

    He’s going to be added to the list of athletes that veganism has taken down.

  29. “Dak might be younger but not better than a healthy Cam.”
    ___________

    Too bad “a healthy Cam” is as extinct now as the Dodo bird.

  30. If Rivera didn’t play him in the preseason last year I think a lot of things would be different for both of them.

  31. People won’t let go of “the fumble” and many don’t like the wardrobe. But over the years in Carolina, he was a big kid having fun with something he did well. He was admired by the fans and his teammates and, played through a lot of pain. A healthy Newton is better than all of the backups and half of the starters in the League.

  32. So, do you like fish sticks?
    I could see him acting like that Kanye guy about the joke.

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