Cam Newton’s slim NFL free agency hopes cut by coronavirus

Cam Newton received the Heisman Trophy. Then he was 1st-total select in the NFL Draft. Then he was the Rookie of the Calendar year. Then he was the MVP, beginning in the Super Bowl.

Now, the soon-to-be 31-year-previous quarterback is grappling with the actuality of being undesirable for the to start with time in his vocation immediately after currently being lately produced by the Panthers.

“I’m a fish out of h2o. I’ve under no circumstances … acknowledged everything other than the Carolina Panthers, and now it is like I want God to direct my route and put me in a placement where I can prosper and be myself,” Newton told NBA star Chris Paul on Instagram Stay. “But on top of that, it is however [about] starting to be superior.”

Newton, who Carolina slash in favor of absolutely free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, may perhaps continue to be in “unchartered waters” as a cost-free agent for some time. Number of groups are in want of a starting off quarterback and Newton — who has been plagued by foot and shoulder accidents the past two seasons — is at present unable to be examined by a physician, thanks to the coronavirus.

“It’s so significantly possibility suitable now for me, but the reality that this corona predicament has hit — I’m not a individual to blame or do any of that items, male, it’s business enterprise,” Newton mentioned. “But at the same time, I believe I have been influenced in a great deal of techniques, and it’s just [unfortunate]. But yeah, at the conclusion of the working day, man, I’m heading to let the ball play how it engage in, guy, and go from there.”

Newton has turned to meditation just about every early morning, trying to perform by a chip on his shoulder which has “turned into family-dimensions serious swift,” although paying an strange volume of time at house.

“Being all around my kids is clearly the finest detail about it. My son hasn’t witnessed me this much, and he doesn’t know what is going on,” Newton said. “I truly have taken this time to come to be more powerful mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Because the Panthers’ decline in Tremendous Bowl 50, the group has posted just a single successful time. Newton holds a 6-10 history as starter the previous two decades — he appeared in just two game titles last time — though throwing for 3,967 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.