Cam Newton on Kelvin Benjamin trade: “Some things you will never understand”

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On Sunday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that receiver Kelvin Benjamin is someone that Newton would want in his “foxhole.” Now that Benjamin has been traded to a different army, Cam may not be very happy.

Newton has yet to address the media, but (via WCNC.com) he posted on Tuesday a photo of himself with Benjamin and Joe Webb (who also now plays for the Bills) on Instagram with this message: “Some things you will never understand! Damn I miss my dogs!”

G.M. Marty Hurney said on WFNZ in Charlotte on Wednesday that Newton wasn’t informed of the trade before it happened. While no team has an obligation to do that, the Panthers have a history of tiptoeing at time around Cam. The notion that they’d trade one of his foxhole guys without telling Newton in advance is a little odd, to say the least.

It’s also more than a little odd for a playoff contender to trade a current asset without a current return. As Darin Gantt of PFT explained on Wednesday’s PFT Live, however, Hurney is more of a fast-receiver and not a tall-receiver guy. So with Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin both on the roster, the one with the $8.5 million salary in 2018 was deemed to be expendable.

57 responses to “Cam Newton on Kelvin Benjamin trade: “Some things you will never understand”

  1. No one is expendable in a playoff race. Injuries happen in every game. If you want to cut salary, do it in the offseason. There are half a dozen teams that would drool over the opportunity to have Kelvin Benjamin for $8.5 million, including my Chicago Bears. Unless he was sleeping with Cam’s wife, there is no justification for making that trade at this time.

  2. it’s never about Cam’s teammates anyway, it’s about Cam.
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    Perhaps this time it’s all about the Benjamin’s.

  3. yea devin funchess is alrite but during the saints game, saints corner Ken Crawley rode Benjamin into the ground and nearly broke the receivers back, knocking him out the game. ANd Funchess didnt do nothing after that the saints shut that attack down.
    So Just cuz hes tall doesnt make him the same player as Benjamin.
    This NFC South race is lit, either were all the best teams in the nfl or were gonna see 1 of the 3 big dogs collapse. My bet is the Falcons collapse, saints get the 3 seed and carolina comes in as the 6 seed and gets rocked in the Dome during the WC round.

  4. It’s a results business, either in wins or ticket sales. It’s not a gathering of friends.

  5. I’m a giants fan, in the future we have an unbelievably hard decision on odell, having Benjamin would’ve softened the public blowback when we don’t resign odell because he illegedly hasn’t been acting in the giant way. Then again we don’t have an o-line or a coach with any sense so maybe our problems are deeper. Oh and also, Reese is our GM.

  6. Trade didn’t really make much sense on its surface as it hurts Carolina in the interim, but may work out long term if they can draft someone or package the pick for future trade. Again though, it brings no value in the interim.

  7. Carolina is the only threat to the Saints in the division, and they beat them once already. ATL will continue to slide (Got lucky last weekend with ANOTHER 10 sec runoff rule) and Tampa is a mess. So you trade a WR1 with nothing in return for the current season. Head Scratcher to say the least

  8. If this was a move to save money by the Panthers someone needs to be exposed and canned. You don’t do this if your building a championship culture. Some of these front office people are people I would NEVER want in a foxhole with me because they are spineless.

  9. 1) how do you make moves like this without at least warning your franchise QB?
    2) Why is Hurney even back in the building?
    3) Do they realize that Buffalo is a different team–why is this pipeline open so much
    SMH!!!

  10. The Panthers are on the verge of collapse., They have a middling record, Cam is a front runner baby, and now they are trading pieces. It seems they have a two year SB hangover. Not good.

  11. I’d be pissed if I were Cam. He has a great target in Benjamin. Then the team expends a high first round draft pick on an overrated scatback in Christian McCaffery and forces him on Cam with very very average results. Looks to me that the Panthers are a team in decline.

  12. It’s easy to understand. Carolina got fleeced by their former assistant GM and current Bills GM, Brandon Beane. Welcome to Buffalo Benji!

  13. I always assume that the team has a non football issue when these kinds of moves happen. Could be money or locker room conflict.

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    Hurney has a problem with the Patriots. He was a big Ted Wells guy. He’d rather help the Bills beat the Patriots than see the Panthers win the NFC South.

    BTW…. In their last game Carolina beat Tampa 17-3 on the road. They hardly looked like a team ready to pack it in.
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  15. Cam just can’t catch a break. All this oppression by the media, fans, defenses and his GM must be tiring.

  16. Shocking that this clown is given a platform to vent. Is there a more hated player in the NFL

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    What’s even more shocking is that people are rating this with a thumbs down. This might be the most spot on question I have heard all week. Cam is a quitter and a sulking little entitled baby. I promise you Benjamin wouldn’t want Cam in his foxhole. We saw in the Superbowl “fumble” play how he’ll fight for his teammates….

  17. Cam, guess who will be the next guy out of town when you stop winning games?

    Well, Rivera will be next but you’ll be on the short list.

  18. My guess is they dealt him to get something for him since they were not going to pay him and they think they can win without him. Although Cam has regressed and this team isnt the same as the 15 team so thats a crazy assumption to make. If the WR behind Benjamin truly fit Cam’s skillset better then this will be a good move. I dont watch enough Panthersfootball to drawthis conclusion though.

  19. The Cam hate is hilarious. He says he’ll miss his #1 WR and he gets piled on like its a Kim Jong Un comment. A lot of Panthers fans will never understand the decision either. He didn’t dive on a ball in the Super Bowl, when replays clearly show he was caught somewhere between frozen and in an awkward position but clearly trying to move towards it. Dude has been a great player, MVP, and Super Bowl runner-up, as well as giving back to the community in NC and standing for the anthem. No he doesn’t always say the brightest things, but at least he’s just a football player and not the President.

  20. The guy showed up to camp looking like Queen Latifa. Or am I the only one that looks at NFL memes? He was overweight and out of shape. He’s been mediocre at best. The Panthers don’t want to overpay the WR version of Eddie Lacy. He’s expendable and they received great value from him, considering.

  21. Did Buffalo get this much flack when they shipped off Sammy Watkins? How about when New Orleans sent Brandin Cooks packing? Both of those moves seemed to have worked out.

  22. Did Buffalo get this much flack when they shipped off Sammy Watkins? How about when New Orleans sent Brandin Cooks packing? Both of those moves seemed to have worked out.

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    Those trades were done in the off-season and their teams didn’t really look like playoff contenders at the time anyway. The Panthers are a half a game out of first in their division. I don’t know, maybe this will prove to be a good move for the team right now by some kind of addition by subtraction, but you have to understand that a good bit of the surprise seems to come from the notion that a playoff contender has decided to give up on the season and trade valuable parts. That’s not normal.

  23. @InoffensiveAccountName says:

    Cam will be out of Carolina after next season. I see alot of Mcnabb in him
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    Look again. McNabb played well in and won many more big games than Cam. He lost his share, but he played well. Only similarity is they each lost a SB. McNabb rallied the Eagles from a 24-6 halftime deficit to take the lead only to watch the defense give it all back against the Cardinals in the NFC championship.

  24. The guy is a child. Brady had one of his best seasons ever after he lost Welker and Russell Wilson went to a super bowl the year after losing Golden Tate. Neither one complained. They moved on like adults. Hello Kitty.

  25. Can we pump the brakes a bit? Benjamin is a good wide receiver but let’s not act like the Bills just traded for a prime Jerry Rice. Benjamin has problems getting separation, comes into the off season overweight, just walked out of practice the other day or week, and has injury concerns.

  26. ncarolinabluze says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    The Cam hate is hilarious. He says he’ll miss his #1 WR and he gets piled on like its a Kim Jong Un comment. A lot of Panthers fans will never understand the decision either. He didn’t dive on a ball in the Super Bowl, when replays clearly show he was caught somewhere between frozen and in an awkward position but clearly trying to move towards it. Dude has been a great player, MVP, and Super Bowl runner-up, as well as giving back to the community in NC and standing for the anthem. No he doesn’t always say the brightest things, but at least he’s just a football player and not the President.

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    Sorry man…..the replay shows Cam avoiding that ball like an angry hornets next

  27. The thing is Cam has already won the NFL MVP he can’t get anything better than that he has no reason to work harder he has already been named the best player all by himself in the NFL. That’s it he’s done.

    Super Bowl rings are a team thing and he would have to share the accolades so that’s a little less important to him. Lots more mental work and extra weeks of physical work a year, risking injury…. it’s just not that important

  28. you have to understand that a good bit of the surprise seems to come from the notion that a playoff contender has decided to give up on the season and trade valuable parts.

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    Who says they’re giving up on the season? Just because they’re 5-3 doesn’t mean they should be content with an inept offense and refuse to try and get better. Cam is at his best when he isn’t trying to force the ball to one guy, see 2015 as evidence.

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