Shannon Sharpe isn’t buying that the Patriots cut Cam Newton because the NFL veteran quarterback struggled to learn the playbook.
During Wednesday’s episode of FOX Sports 1’s “Undisputed,” Sharpe floated a potential reason why New England cut Newton. The Hall of Fame tight end says it was about personality.
“Cam has been in the league for a decade.”
“I just think these guys have an understanding of how Patriots players should conduct themselves, and anybody who does not conduct themselves in that way is going to run afoul with those guys,” Sharpe said, as transcribed by WEEI. “They’ve toed the line. They’ve never had anybody with Cam’s personality.”
Sharpe added: “Even Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) — he had a good old time. He was chugging beers in the parade and all that stuff. But for whatever reason, Cam is an outsider, and they look down on outsiders.”
The Patriots released Newton last week after he started three preseason games.
Now we are heading into Week 1 and Cam Newton is without a team. One wonders if his vaccination status has a lot to do with why teams are not signing him at this moment.