AFC East teams, note: the chip on Cam Newton’s shoulder will not go away that quickly.
After an ugly divorce with the Panthers and a lengthy free agency leaving him with a minimum veteran contract, the newly minted Patriots quarterback is fired to prove his dissidents are wrong.
One of Newton’s former teammates, Michael Giardi of NFL Network, said the spurned signal caller is “motivated to poke everyone’s ass” after being skipped by several teams this off-season during the quarterback noise.
“Because he’s always like that,” added the team-mate about Giardi. “He won’t say it, but he did take names.”
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31-year-old Newton is a former Heisman Trophy winner and number 1 in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Auburn product has completed 59.6 percent of its regular NFL season tickets for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns and 108 interceptions and has 4,806 rushing Yards and 58 rushing touchdowns. He was named three Pro Bowls and was named Rookie of the Year for the NFL in 2011 and Most Valuable Player in 2015.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound passer-by is considered an extremely sporty specimen, but its aggressive style of play has exposed it to injuries and inconsistencies. His latest illness – a Lisfranc fracture that had to be operated on – paused him for all but two games last year and probably prevented many prospective customers from doing so.
Newton’s free agency campaign ended last week after he agreed to a meager one-year contract with $ 550,000 in guaranteed money. The deal is full of incentives and has a maximum value of $ 7.5 million.
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“There are not many things that money cannot buy. But at the top of this list of things RESPECT is one of them !! “He wrote in response to critics. “For me it’s not about money, it’s about respect.”
The larger-than-life QB joins 23-year-old Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer on the patriots’ depth map and will fight for the void left by 20-year-old starter Tom Brady.
Shortly after the signing was announced, Newton published an emotional shirtless shirt on Instagram, in which he vowed to “roar like an animal”.
“Would you rather choose that?” he screamed between crunching and Russian twists. “I’m humble, I say this: I’m getting tired of being humble now.”