Could Cam Newton's NFL Career Be Over?

 

When Cam Newton was released from the New England Patriots 12 days ago, many had started to wonder where he would end up next. Newton's tenure was short lived, playing just one season for the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick where he went 7-8 as the starter. It was never going to be an easy task replacing Tom Brady, who left New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Newton did his best.

Unfortunately, his best was not good enough for this season. Patriots rookie QB Mac Jones surpassed Newton during training camp despite the fact that the former MVP had started all three of their preseason games. He had also missed five days of practice before the exhibition finale against the New York Giants after misunderstanding the NFL COVID-19 protocols.



Regardless of the reasons as to why Newton was released, the Patriots have moved on and where Newton plays next is still up in the air. During Thursday night's pregame broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys and Buccaneers game, Newton had made it clear he still wants to play but knows that time is running out for him.

Not one team has given an indication to him that they will require his services - for now. As we've seen year over year, teams lose their QB's to injury or poor play. The best case for Newton will be to wait it out and see how the early part of the season goes. His vaccination status is definitely a question mark for teams looking at him if they will in fact need a QB. Most teams will probably rely on whoever is in their system to avoid future conflict, but that will remain a fluid situation.  

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