AFC East teams, take observe: The chip on Cam Newton’s shoulder isn’t going absent anytime soon.
Soon after an hideous divorce with the Panthers and prolonged absolutely free agency remaining him with a veteran bare minimum contract, the recently minted Patriots quarterback is fired up to prove his dissenters completely wrong.
A single of Newton’s previous teammates explained to Michael Giardi of NFL Community that the spurned signal-caller is “motivated to adhere it up everyone’s ass” immediately after remaining handed over by numerous teams through the quarterback frenzy this offseason.
“Because that is how he constantly is,” the teammate included by way of Giardi. “He won’t say it but he took names.”
Newton, 31, is a previous Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 over-all decide on from the 2011 NFL Draft. The Auburn item has finished 59.6 percent of his NFL frequent year passes for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions, and has 4,806 speeding yards and 58 dashing touchdowns. He has been named to 3 Pro Bowls and was named the NFL’s Rookie of the 12 months in 2011 and Most Important Player in 2015.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound cell passer is regarded as an really athletic specimen, but his aggressive design of participate in has uncovered him to injuries and inconsistency. His most modern ailment — a Lisfranc fracture which needed surgical procedures — sidelined him for all but two video games past year and likely dissuaded lots of intrigued get-togethers.
Newton’s free agency campaign ended last 7 days after agreeing to a paltry just one-year agreement with $550,000 in confirmed revenue. The offer is chock comprehensive of incentives and carries a maximum value of $7.5 million.
“It’s not a large amount of points funds simply cannot get. But among the top of that record of factors, you would discover Respect as one particular of those!!” he wrote in response to critics. “This is not about money for me, it is about regard.”
The bigger-than-daily life QB joins 23-12 months-previous Jarrett Stidham and journeyman backup Brian Hoyer on the Patriots’ depth chart and will contend to fill the void left by 20-yr starter, Tom Brady.
Soon following the signing was introduced, Newton posted an psychological, shirtless video clip to Instagram, vowing to “motherf—ing roar like an animal.”
“You gonna pick that around this?” he shouted involving crunches and Russian twists. “I’m being modest, I’ll say this: I’m having exhausted of being humble now.”