New England Patriots

Former Patriots quarterback Cam Newton got a lot off his chest in a new “Funky Friday” video, which you can watch above. Chief among the topics was his release from New England, and what led to it.

Newton was released early during cutdown day on Aug. 31, a move that seemed shocking on the surface. According to Newton, it was surprising, but it was also inevitable.

“Did it catch me by surprise being released? Absolutely,” Newton said. “Do I think this would have happened without me being away from the team for five days? Honestly, yes, it was going to happen. Did it help ease the decision? Yes.”

As for his trip to the Atlanta area for a medical appointment, Newton said the Patriots gave him “clearance” to leave for five days. He said he felt the appointment was his last chance to get a “second opinion” on his foot, as he continues to manage his recovery from a Lisfranc injury suffered in 2019. The Patriots issued a statement terming the situation a “misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities.”

Mac Jones won the Patriots’ starting quarterback job over Newton, despite the veteran leading off first team reps and starting all preseason games. Newton said that was Bill Belichick “disguising” his intentions. He also said the Patriots ultimately cut him because his “aura” would be too much of a “distraction” if he were the backup quarterback.

Near the end of the video, Newton reiterated that he doesn’t feel there are 32 quarterbacks in the NFL better than him. So the veteran QB sounds intent on getting back on a roster and starting at some point before officially retiring.

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