After news broke that Newton was being released, Carter tweeted “I’m not surprised the Patriots cut an unvaccinated Cam.”
Newton never said he was unvaccinated, but the former MVP also told reporters that he wanted to steer clear of that subject.
“It’s too personal to discuss it,” Newton said when asked if he’s vaccinated. “I’ll just keep it at that.”
I’m not surprised the Patriots cut a unvaccinated Cam
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) August 31, 2021
The Patriots didn’t necessarily cut Newton because of his vaccination status. It did, however, play a role behind the scenes. At least that’s Adam Beasley of the Pro Football Network reported.
“There wasn’t just one reason that Cam Newton is gone. It was a combination of at least three, I’m told: Mac Jones’ emergence, Newton’s vaccination stance (which caused a bit of a stir behind the scenes) and Cam’s uninspiring performance this summer,” Beasley said.
Newton also missed significant time last week due to COVID-19 protocols, which opened the door for rookie quarterback Mac Jones to get most of the first-team reps during joint practices with the New York Giants. That also could have played a factor in New England’s decision.
It’ll be very interesting to see what’s next for Newton.
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