Report: Panthers to Release Cam Newton
Sep 12, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Can Newton’s run in Carolina has finally come to an end.
After days and days of working the phone lines hoping to find a trade partner, the m Panthers have had no choice but to wish a farewell to Newton.
Panthers are expected to release QB Cam Newton today, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2020
This divorce was hinted at last week when the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $60 million deal. The Panthers also signed XFL star P.J. Walker and traded Kyle Allen.
Newton was the true franchise quarterback until he got hurt in the middle of the 2018 season and missed the bulk of 2019. The fans in Carolina loved him and he appears to love Carolina.
Releasing him will leave Carolina with $2 million of dead cap but clears $19.1 million in cap space.
Over his time in Carolina, Newton has accomplished the following feats and is still just 30 years old:
- No. 1 overall pick in 2011
- Franchise leader in passing yards (29,041), rushing touchdowns (58) and passing touchdowns (182)
- 4,806 rushing yards as a quarterback
- Super Bowl appearance
- NFL MVP in 2015
- Three-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2013, 2015)
- First-Team All-Pro in 2015
- NFL Rookie of the Year in 2011
There will be plenty of interest in Newton’s services as he hits the open market.