Cam Newton insists he is completely at peace with his new contract signed with the New England Patriots as he claims for him now it's about "respect" and not about the money. Newton, who won the NFL MVP award in 2015 and led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, is now one of the least paid quarterbacks in the league as his base salary for the next season is only $1.05 million with $550,000 guaranteed at signing.
"It's not a lot of things money cannot buy, but amongst the top of that list of things, you would find respect as one of those!" Newton said in an Instagram post. "This is not about money for me, it's about respect."
Newton, who missed the last two games of the 2018 season due to a shoulder injury, played only the first two games of the 2019 season before he missed the remainder of the year due to a foot injury. While 31-year-old Newton was injured, the rumors started to swirl that the Carolina Panthers could make a major change in the offseason and go separate ways with the 2011 No.
1 overall pick. Shortly after the season ended, the rumors became a reality when the Panthers announced the team and Neewton mutually agreed to go separate ways. Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Newton wasn't happy after reading the statement as he wasn't pleased after it looked like he was looking for a split.
Newton confident in himself
Newton followed his Instagram post with several hashtags as he wrote: "All I know is work" and "I'm betting it all on me." A few days earlier, Newton's former coach Ron Rivera -- who now coaches the Washington Redskins -- urged people not to sleep on the 2015 NFL MVP as he believes the quarterback can't be written off.
"Don't bet against him," Rivera said said on the McNeil & Parkins Show. "I really wouldn't. First of all, you got to know who he is and understand what all he's gone through. He's a guy that's always tried to do things, I think, because he's felt the pressure.
He felt the pressure of being the No. 1 pick. He felt the pressure of having won the Heisman Trophy and being the No. 1 pick. He felt the pressure of being a Black quarterback, with all this stuff that's been heaped on him. "He's really had to find his way through it, and he's done a great job with it."