NFL: New Patriots QB Cam Newton says he didn’t want to leave Carolina despite previous reports he wanted a trade

Quarterback Cam Newton celebrated his signing with the New England Patriots in his latest YouTube vlog. The NFL star also reiterated that he never wanted to leave the Carolina Panthers.

NFL: Cam Newton vlog celebrates his move to the Patriots

This year’s free agency had been a very interesting one, especially in the quarterback department. Not only did it included several big names in the NFL, several QBs who became free agents were also long-time players of the organizations that let them go.

Newton fell into this category along with the likes of Tom Brady and Philip Rivers. While it took a while for Newton to get signed, he finally found a new home with the Patriots. Newton celebrated this major career change in a YouTube vlog he posted on his official channel earlier this week.

The 5-minute-28-second video opened with footage taken on March 17 while Newton was in a gym in Atlanta, the same day news broke out that he received the Panthers’ approval to seek a trade. The 2015 NFL MVP reiterated his stance in the video telling fans, “I have no idea what’s the next steps but … I know that there will be a next step. I just wanted to make this video, let you guys know … I never wanted to leave Carolina.”

Newton slammed Panthers’ ‘word play’ insisting he didn’t ask to be released

The headlines and official statements about Newton leaving the team back in March made it seem like the request to leave Carolina came from Newton. And that has clearly disappointed the 2010 Heisman Trophy awardee. Replying to a Panthers social media announcement about him leaving, Newton wrote, “Stop the word play!! … Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this: You forced me into this.”

Newton had been right about one thing, though. There is still a “next step” for him in the NFL beyond the Panthers for which he played since becoming a pro in 2011. The same vlog confirmed he has signed with the Patriots, which reportedly includes just a one-year agreement. Newton is joining Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, as well as 2020 undrafted free agents Brian Lewerke and J’Mar Smith, in the Patriots’ QB roster for the upcoming season.