Cam Newton set the record straight on the end of his Carolina Panthers tenure on Monday evening.
The New England Patriots quarterback, who signed a one-year deal with the franchise, released a video on his signing and more on Monday night.
Newton, 31, was released by the Carolina Panthers in mid-March. The NFC South franchise decided to part ways with the 2015 NFL MVP.
“I never once wanted to leave Carolina,” Newton said in the video. “It was their decision.”
Newton now heads to New England on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $7.5 million if he hits all of his incentives.
Former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks Newton will play great for his new team.
“Don’t bet against him,” Rivera said on 670 The Score. “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 overall pick. He felt the pressure of having won the Heisman Trophy and being the No. 1 overall pick. He felt the pressure of being a black quarterback, with all the 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.”
Newton and the Patriots are scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sunday, Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins.