Cam Newton reiterates he never wanted to leave Carolina, pins decision to leave on organization

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Cam Newton reiterated Monday he wanted to stay in North Carolina as he thanked Panthers fans in a video amid news he signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

Newton agreed to a deal with the Patriots, according to multiple reports. The NFL Network reported that while the base salary is the veteran’s minimum, or just over $1 million, he could earn up to $7 million in incentives.

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“I’m angry … I feel let down but at the same time, hey, I’m not bitter,” he said in a video posted to YouTube. “I know since the day that I first came into this league that this day was going to come.

“I’ll say this right now: I never once wanted to leave Carolina. Don’t let them make you believe anything else. It was their decision, I stuck with it, and I knew that, so I asked for a trade. Everything else? That’s BS.”

Newton first revealed his desire to stay with the Panthers in November, months after he was declared out for the season.

“Charlotte is home. Charlotte is a place I know people know me. They’re not just assuming. They know how I am. They know my energy. They know what I like and what I don’t like. For me to have that type of presence, it just reminds me that … it’s right,” he said at the time, according to ESPN.

“We’re looking forward to countless more years in Charlotte to impact the community in ways outside of the game of football.”

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A new regime for the Panthers moved in and the future plans didn’t include Newton.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, led the Panthers to three straight NFC South titles from 2013-15, and a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season when he was awarded the league MVP. He also earned three Pro Bowls in nine seasons.

Newton missed 16 regular-season games over the last two years due to a foot injury that required a procedure. He also had multiple shoulder surgeries in his career.

Newton should step into a starting role in New England as the successor to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the offseason.

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Newton, Brian Hoyer, and Jarrett Stidham are expected to be the quarterbacks on the roster when training camp begins.

Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.

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