After spending the entire 2022 season as a free agent, Cam Newton appears to be gearing up for a possible NFL return.
The veteran quarterback and 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player announced Monday in a video posted on social media that he will return to his alma mater Auburn to throw at the Tigers’s Pro Day on Tuesday. During the short clip showing Newton practicing, the 33-year-old also sent a message to prospective teams—and QBs around the league—regarding those who believe he’s not still capable of earning a roster spot.
“Tell me how these randoms keep getting jobs,” said Newton, a 2010 national champion and Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn. “Don’t worry about it. I’ll show you, I cant wait to show you.”
Newton later ended the video with a callback to a claim he first made in 2021 about his fellow QBs following a rocky ’20 season with the Patriots, saying, “Ain’t 32 motherf------ better than me. You dig?”
Monday’s announcement is the first news NFL fans have heard from Newton, who turns 34 on May 11, since the Panthers legend returned to his old team near the end of the 2021 season. Newton, the ’11 draft’s first pick, started five of his eight appearances in his second stint in Carolina, and recorded 684 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 230 yards and five scores.
A year prior, Newton struggled in his last full-time role as a starter in New England after signing a one-year deal with the club following his release from the Panthers. In 15 starts, Newton logged 2,657 yards, eight TDs and 10 interceptions, and rushed for 592 yards and another 12 scores