Cam Newton only signed a one-year deal with the Patriots this summer, and because of this, the quarterback is calling his time in New England right now a "business trip."
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, Newton said he hasn't brought his kids and family to the Boston area, and if things don't work out this year, it very well could be the end of his career.
“I am a person who takes everything to heart, I mean anything," he said. "The whole decision, and not to keep beating a dead horse, this is a business trip for me. The fact that I don’t have none of my children here in Boston with me and the fact that I haven’t been able to see them on a regularity, that’s angry in itself for me. I wake up every morning missing the hell out of my children, and knowing that if I don’t do what I am supposed to do, then this could be good riddance for me. That is as serious as I am making it and that’s as serious it is.
“Not to mention, I have so much to prove. I could care less about other critics, but more or less I have so much to prove to myself. I have seen a lot of great football being played. I have seen a lot of great football being played over the time I was injured and whatnot. You have to question yourself and question the man that you are and say, ‘Can you still play at a high level?’ There’s an expectation that I have for myself and I am just trying to meet it every single day of my life.”
Newton said sooner or later he likely will have his kids up to Boston, but with his situation and the pandemic, it just hasn't made sense.
As for what needs to change to make it no longer be a business trip and him potentially stay in New England long-term, Newton didn't really want to get into it.
“It’s always about taking care of business," he said. "My focus is so near-sighted that I am trying to make things work, and if I am looking for long-term results with not too many things to have leverage on, then that’s not good. For me, I just look at the opportunity that I have been given, and it is a great opportunity, I’ll tell you that, and I think people already know that. It’s up to me about how I finish what I started. It’s not necessarily about the things that people want to make it about, it’s about going out and and every week and first off winning, and then everything else falls in place.”
Newton and the Patriots are 2-1 and will take on the Chiefs next Sunday in Kansas City.