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The New England Patriots rocked the football world after they announced their decision to release star quarterback Cam Newton from the lineup. It’s no secret that Newton struggled during his stint in New England, but for the team to completely cut him loose came as a shock for many.

Pats head coach Bill Belichick has now opened up about the team’s decision to cut the former league MVP from the roster. Based on his statement here, it is clear that Belichick and the Patriots organization had to make an extremely tough decision on Newton:

“It’s always difficult when you have to reduce your roster," Belichick said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. "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.”

After dancing around the subject a bit, Belichick had nothing but praise for Newton:

“I have nothing but positive thoughts and feelings for Cam,” he added. “He came in here, he worked hard. 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.”

Cam Newton is now officially a free agent. Given his decorated history, however, it shouldn’t be long before he finds his next team. It looks like the 32-year-old still has some gas left in the tank, so we’ll all be hoping for a resurgent 2021-22 season for him.

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