Nick Wright BACKLASH Cam Newton: 'I have a lot of football still left in me'

Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton is not considering retirement, he said Wednesday in his first public comments since being released by the New England Patriots last week.

"This is not a retirement speech," Newton said in a video on Instagram, while teasing a weekly show that he posts on Fridays. "I have a lot of football still left in me."

Newton, 32, was released Tuesday as the Patriots trimmed their roster to 53 players, leaving rookie Mac Jones as the team's starter.

He posted on his Instagram story afterward, writing, "I really appreciate all the love and support during this time but I must say ... please don't feel sorry for me!! I'm good."

Newton missed time during OTAs with a hand injury, then again during training camp because of a break in COVID-19 protocols that required him — because he is unvaccinated — to stay away from the team, frustrating some within the organization.

A three-time Pro Bowler and the league MVP in 2015, Newton spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. He was set to enter his second season with the Patriots before being released.