Cam Newton’s NFL career has entered another crucial crossing point after a disappointing 2020 campaign with the New England Patriots. His shortcomings have also made him an easier target for criticism. Newton experienced that sentiment firsthand from a young heckler over this weekend.
Cam Newton’s lackluster 2020 season creates uncertain NFL future
Following a disheartening end to Cam Newton’s tenure with the Carolina Panthers, he received another chance to reignite his career with the Patriots.
However, Newton’s first campaign in New England didn’t unfold in the manner he hoped as he struggled to produce with consistency. The 31-year-old experienced the hurdles of learning a new playbook and adjusting to his surroundings, along with a COVID-19 bout. However, that doesn’t overshadow his difficulties passing the ball.
All that led Newton to put together one of his least productive campaigns as he finished 24th with 2,657 passing yards, 33rd with eight passing touchdowns, and 30th with a 47.0 quarterback rating. He had notable shortcomings throwing the ball as he notched 10 games with fewer than 200 passing yards, including four contests with less than 100 yards.
His lackluster performances contributed to the Patriots missing the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. Beyond that, Newton’s future with the franchise looks quite cloudy.
That’s not all that the former league MVP has to deal with this offseason, as a testy young heckler gave him an earful over this weekend.
Cam Newton confronts disrespectful young heckler at a football camp
Cam Newton’s struggles in the 2020 season have not only put much uncertainty around his NFL future but made him an easy target for criticism.
Newton experienced just that over the weekend when he attended the NFA 7v7 East Regional held at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In a now-viral video, a player at the tournament decided to verbally bash the three-time Pro Bowler, repeatedly calling him washed.
Newton responded by stating, “I’m rich,” and asking where the kid’s dad was at the moment. Given the circumstances, Newton handled the situation as well as he could. He engaged in the trash talk but didn’t take it any further than defending himself against the disrespectful young heckler.
Newton didn’t allow the situation to escalate any further than back-and-forth chatter. His argument holds tremendous weight as he has made $122 million in contract money alone.
His NFL career may be unclear, but he has accomplished much on the field with three Pro Bowl selections, an MVP award, and a trip to the Super Bowl. In other words, his track record speaks for itself.
What lies ahead of him?
The media will likely cover this situation for the next few days this week, which only generates more chatter concerning his NFL future.
The 31-year-old won’t have a robust market for his services but remains an NFL-level talent at this point in his career. The opportunity to be the clear-cut starter with another team may not be there, but he should have a few free agency suitors.
Newton is a proven talent that can provide stability under center and potentially compete for a starting job. A few organizations could venture that route as he looks to rekindle his NFL career.
There is some lingering chatter that he could return to New England, but that plan feels more like a backup option. The situation should have plenty more clarity in the coming weeks as free agency gets underway.