For a time, Benjamin was Cam’s go-to option. In 2017, though, Benjamin showed up to OTAs looking out of shape, and Carolina traded him to Buffalo early in the season. In August of this year, before his second campaign with the Bills, Benjamin ripped Cam in an interview.
“If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback (in Carolina), let’s be real, you know what I’m saying?” Benjamin said. “Any other accurate quarterback like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben [Roethlisberger]—anybody!—quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball.”
Cam confronted Benjamin before their teams played in the preseason.
The next week, Cam went on a strange rant shading Benjamin, who will be a free agent this offseason.
“I need things around me just like this wall,” Newton said, pointing to a wall. “I know you’re probably asking yourself like, ‘Why this wall? It’s just so basic.’ But it never changed on me. It’s the same wall every single day. I like that. I need things, people around me that are like this wall.”