JuJu Smith-Schuster says there are ‘no talks’ about Cam Newton joining Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster says there are ‘no talks’ about Cam Newton joining Steelers
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Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster shut down any speculation that Cam Newton could suit up in Pittsburgh — following the quarterback’s surprise release from the Patriots.

“For myself and our locker room there’s no talks about that,” Smith-Schuster told PFT on Tuesday.

“I know Cam’s situation is tough for him, but at the end of the day, just focusing on the guys who are in my locker room. And just wishing Cam nothing but the best. He’s a great player. He’s definitely going to get picked up.”

The Steelers, led by veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, are days away from their season opener on Sunday against the Bills. The team is operating under a new offensive coordinator in Matt Canada.

Canada has said the offense will continue “to do what Ben wants to do.” They hope to finish higher than dead last in the NFL in rushing, as they did in 2020.

As for what’s next for Newton? That remains to be seen.

Smith-Schuster shot down the rumors of Newton joining the Steelers.
Smith-Schuster shot down the rumors of Newton joining the Steelers. Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The 32-year-old was released from the Patriots last Tuesday, after the team re-signed him this offseason on a one-year, $5.1 million deal. Newton lost his shot at a starting job in New England after a quarterback battle with rookie Mac Jones — who will start in the Pats’ season opener on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Currently, there are no starting QB positions open around the league. However, rosters are changing daily due COVID-19 and the NFL’s safety protocols, which Newton (who is unvaccinated) violated before his release. It was also reported that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was unhappy about the situation.

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Since he became a free agent, talks of Newton getting picked up have remained stagnant. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t seem interested when he was asked about the former MVP’s situation.

“I think he has a ton of football left. We’re very excited about the group we have,” McCarthy said.

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Newton may need to settle for a backup job if he’s to quickly land with a new team. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

If teams opt to pursue Newton, it’s possible he’d have to settle for a backup role — something that’s raised questions about his willingness to do so. However, teams could also shy away from considering Newton as a backup due to his star-power and former QB1 status.

On Wednesday, Newton took to Instagram and said he’ll be sharing “a lot of things” that he needs to get off his chest. In the short video, he confirmed he’s not retiring and said, “I have a lot of football left in me.”

With the 2021 NFL season just days away, Newton’s future in the league looks bleak, for now.