Cam Newton’s desperate reversal on kneeling during the National Anthem will not save his slim NFL comeback chances. The controversial quarterback has been a polarizing figure, but he is still an effective player who can take over games when given the opportunity.
Highlights of the article:
- Cam Newton, the former quarterback of the New England Patriots, has been immunized.
- Newton’s new immunization status should, in theory, help him get another NFL job.
- The 2015 NFL MVP must confront the possibility that his career is ended.
When we last heard from Cam Newton, he was blaming his “aura” for the New England Patriots’ decision to release him earlier this year.
In actuality, the Patriots’ decision to fire the former All-Pro quarterback and hand the starting job to youngster Mac Jones was largely influenced by his lack of vaccinations. Whatever the situation may be, Newton’s NFL career will not be saved by an unexpected turnaround.
After a contentious and tumultuous summer, Cam Newton has been immunized.
The football world assumed Newton would start against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 for most of the summer. He started 15 games for the Patriots last season and had the confidence of head coach Bill Belichick, at least officially.
Newton was unexpectedly released by the Patriots in early September, only a few weeks after missing training camp due to COVID-19. Instead of sitting out after a positive test or close contact, he missed five days of practice due to a misunderstanding surrounding testing and a doctor’s visit.
Newton was unvaccinated at the time and had to wear a mask at all times. The three-time Pro Bowler is now immunized and ready to join with a club, according to NFL Media.
Newton, who is eligible to play right away after the Patriots dismissed him, has yet to work out for another club. In the next weeks, he shouldn’t expect to hear his phone ring.
Newton’s immunization status shouldn’t affect his prospects of making a return.
Newton, Cam: “They let me leave because I was going to be a distraction even if I wasn’t the starting quarterback. It’s all because of my aura.”
“That is both my blessing and my curse. People are fascinated when you add a Cam Newton to your facility or business.” pic.twitter.com/096OlIKxZd
10 September 2021 — Dov Kleiman (@NFL DovKleiman)
This is the truth that Newton and his supporters must face. In terms of his overall health, he took the prudent and necessary step of getting vaccinated. “COVID-19 vaccinations were assessed in tens of thousands of individuals in clinical studies,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vaccines satisfied the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) stringent scientific requirements for safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality, allowing them to be approved for emergency use.
In other words, Newton jeopardized his job security by refusing to get a vaccine that the CDC had recommended for months. If this had happened five years ago, his lucrative contract with the Carolina Panthers and stature as one of the league’s best quarterbacks would have shielded him from being terminated or facing job loss.
That wasn’t the case this summer, when Newton paid the price for not being vaccinated. He also didn’t help his case by claiming that his “aura” would have created disruptions if he had been the Patriots’ backup quarterback.
For a moment, let’s imagine we’re the Seattle Seahawks. Geno Smith, of all people, is starting indefinitely since Russell Wilson is out with a finger injury and has been placed on injured reserve. In theory, Newton is a much superior choice than Smith, but Smith is more familiar with the offense. Seattle would rather have Smith start than hope for a miracle with Newton if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Newton may have landed anywhere after his release if he hadn’t been vaccinated and hadn’t talked about his aura. There’s a reason why quarterbacks like Colt McCoy and Mike Glennon continue to be given chances. They’re standard backups who understand that their duty is to sit behind the starter, generally a rookie quarterback, and perform whatever is required of them.
Newton, on the other hand, is a mobile quarterback who has openly confessed that as a backup, he would create an unpleasant situation. Even a shot to the arm won’t improve the situation.
Newton must understand that his NFL career is likely coming to an end.
Cam Newton may have received his vaccine, but don’t expect him to play for an NFL club anytime soon | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Newton had a fantastic career overall. He won the NFL MVP Award, led a team to the Super Bowl, and made more than $129 million throughout his career in the league. We should all be as fortunate as they are.
We’ll employ the past tense unless there’s cause to suspect otherwise. On Oct. 11, Newton turned 32, and he hasn’t performed at an above-average level since 2018. Despite his success as a rusher last season, he didn’t do enough as a passer — especially given the Patriots’ lack of receiving depth and weapons — to inspire confidence in his NFL future.
Newton’s obstinacy and loud words essentially put an end to his own career. At the very least, he’s been vaccinated.
When cameras spotted Newton enjoying an Auburn football game from the stands recently, he seemed perfectly at home. Clearly, the Tigers profited from his “aura” in a manner that no other club in need of quarterback depth can or will attempt to replicate anytime soon.
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