How Much NFL Interest Is There For Ex-Patriots QB Cam Newton?

Newton spent last season at home


March 23

Cam Newton showed off his arm at a pro day event at Auburn, but the NFL prospects for the former New England Patriots quarterback have looked slim.

The 33-year-old Pro Bowler was at his alma mater Monday to help out his younger brother, Caylin Newton, who was a former quarterback at Howard and finished his collegiate career as a wide receiver at Auburn and William & Mary.

Cam Newton showed plenty of arm strength as he sought to prove he is worthy of being on an NFL roster. However, the 2015 NFL MVP might spend another season at home.

“Hard to imagine something comes out,” NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said of interest in Newton, per video. “Never say never but I haven’t sensed a lot of interest in Cam Newton as an NFL quarterback really since he was last on the field, where his best years probably were behind him. And Cam Newton has been awesome. He is one of the best quarterbacks of his generation, and he is a transformative figure. And you see so many quarterbacks doing now what he first did about 10 years ago. But I just don’t get the sense that there’s anything now or in the future for him.”

Rapoport pointed out Monday simply was a kind gesture from Newton to his younger brother. Though, he still has hopes for his older brother to reignite his NFL career.

“This was him showing love to me,” Caylin Newton said, per the Associated Press. “He doesn’t owe anybody anything. He has had an amazing journey, an amazing career in the NFL. He has nothing to prove to anybody. … He came to show his ability, show he still has it.

“I think, for him, this was a selfless act. But it was also to show and prove to everybody he’s not sitting around. He’s still got it. Whatever organization wants to get a winning quarterback, his number’s still open and available.”

Cam Newton also received an endorsement from Shedrick Jackson, who hoped to make a good impression to NFL scouts with the help of the former Carolina Panthers quarterback.

“That was fun,” Jackson said, per the Associated Press. “That was probably my most favorite part, just learning his lingo, seeing his cadence. He’s got good touch on the ball. … I think he’s still got it.”

Newton still commands respect from multiple players in the league, and with how things quickly can change in the NFL, it would not be surprising if a team throws a flyer at the veteran. But for now, Newton will have to wait until that call comes.

Thumbnail photo via Jake Crandall / USA TODAY Sports Images
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