New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has once again underlined that at this point of his career he is more interested in proving himself and gaining respect more than collecting a big paycheck. Newton, the 2011 No.
1 pick, won the NFL MVP award in 2015 and the same season led the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance. But after two disappointing seasons, the Panthers moved on from Newton early this offseason and the 2015 NFL MVP was left without a team.
Two months before the start of the season, the Patriots signed Newton to a one-year deal, which has a base salary of only $1.05 million. "Surprisingly but true, and factual enough, if I do what I'm supposed to do, as I'm expected to, that will not be a topic of discussion moving forward," Newton said on sports radio WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," as quoted on ESPN.
"Money at this particular point in my career is not important. Let's be honest: I've made money, but for everything that I play this game for, I haven't received yet. And that's why I'm playing. So it's not about money, it's about respect.
"I do believe this: A wise man once said -- and that wise man is my father -- all blessings don't come in financial means. So for me, if I do what I'm supposed to do, everything else will take care of itself."
Newton wants to prove the doubters wrong
After the Panthers moved on from Newton, some believed the 2015 NFL MVP was done and he would never again play at a high level. So when Newton signed with the Patriots, he underlined his main goal is prove all the doubters wrong.
Newton performed well in his first two games with the Patriots as they beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 before just falling short against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. When asked about his contract situation, Newton acknowledged he loves the Patriots organization but it's still to early to think about an extension with the team.
"I understand what you're trying to do, and I understand what you're trying to say, but you must understand: That is literally the last of my worries. If we had to put an analogy in it, that is probably under so much work at my desk that I'm not too much really focused on," Newton said.
"I do admire and love the culture of the Patriots. It's been a place for me that's been therapeutic. This is a place that has been kind of rather challenging for my growth. It's making me better. And it's been a place that has given me everything for my needs at this particular point of time in my life. Yet through it all, I'm going to let the cards shuffle the way they shuffle and do the things I can control."