Cam Newton theorizes he would've been 'distraction' for Patriots, Mac Jones

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Cam Newton theorized Friday why the New England Patriots released him before the start of the 2021 regular season.

Newton remarked on his Patriots fallout, which ended with rookie Mac Jones being named starting quarterback, in his “Funky Friday” special on YouTube.

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks with quarterback Mac Jones during the first half of the team’s preseason NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

“It’s always difficult when you have to reduce your roster,” Belichick told WEEI Radio. “A lot of guys that worked hard. A lot of guys that performed well and had either good years for us, or good careers. I respect all those things, but each year is its own year and I have to do what I feel like is best for the football team and so regards to every decision, that’s what I try to do. It’s always tough to tell guys who have worked hard and have given you all they had that you’re not able to keep them.”

Belichick said he has “nothing but positive thoughts and feelings” for the 2015 league MVP.

“He came in here, he worked hard,” Belichick said of Newton. “He gave us everything we had. Right now, our future is going to be Mac [Jones] at quarterback, and that is where we’re going to go.”

Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.

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