Panthers officially release Cam Newton

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Cam Newton is no longer a Panther.

The Panthers announced on Tuesday that they have released Newton, after trying and failing to find a trading partner for him.

“Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas,” Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “Everyone saw his performances on the field. I had the privilege of seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching. He’s the ultimate competitor and it physically hurts him to lose. He willed this team to victory on many occasions and will always be considered one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise. His contributions to this team, this community and the game of football will leave a lasting impact on our organization.”

Newton will now become an unrestricted free agent, who will see if some team wants to make the 2015 league MVP its starting quarterback. Newton reportedly passed a physical, although a team that signs him may want to get its own medical staff to examine him.

If Newton can get healthy and stay healthy, he could be a game changer for some team. But given the way injuries have plagued him the last two years, that’s a big “if.”

43 responses to “Panthers officially release Cam Newton

  1. “It physically hurts him to lose”???

    What does that mean? He gets so upset after a loss he, upchucks all over his Charlotte Russe floral romper?

    Cam Newton is weird. But this Marty Hurney guy might be even weirder.

  2. I just left a comment moments before this one so I’ll repeat it based on reality…

    Teddy Bridgewater is the starting QB. I wish him the best of luck and if his QB skills can be on par with his heart and values he will always be a winner in my book.

  3. Not a Cam fan, but the NFL has allowed him to take more cheap shots than any QB in the league. It’s no wonder that he’s in the condition he’s in.

  4. Im thinking long and hard about making any big investment in Cam. I dont see him even getting what Teddy just got. Im looking to give Cam a 2 year deal that I could get out of after year 1 if necessary.

  5. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    And to think.. Da Bears traded for Foles.. They should’ve waited

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    The Bears didn’t want him and were offered a trade from Carolina yet turned it down. You should really pay more attention.

  6. Nobody is paying this has been over $20 Million a year. He needs to find someone who’s willing to give him a prove it 1 year contract with a guaranteed base salary somewhere under $15 Mil, and with enough incentives that he has the chance to make somewhere around $20 Mil if he delivers. Then if he proves he’s healthy, and he proves he can play a full season without missing half of it on injured reserve then he has the chance to cash in with a long term deal after that. No way would I give this this oft injured Diva a long term guaranteed contract right now under any circumstances.

  7. It is basically this…If he is good in his head he has good games.If he is having a hard time in his head then he has a bad game.
    He has been like this all thru his pro career.

  8. Time for a reality check Cam. Unless a bidding war breaks out for your services (but don’t bet on it) you are in for a real wake up call. You are not going to get a wiff of the big money so you better sign like a two year “show me” contract and pray you stay healthy and play well.

  9. “…seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching.”
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    So help me out here. If no one was watching, then how did you see it? Oh, I get it! You’re a nobody.

  10. LA WWE/ChargerRams – where else but play at a stadium that will be wearing several hats!

  11. hawkfanwtf says:
    March 24, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    Patriots on line #1

    Unlikely. Pats ate 13.5M of dead cap money from letting Brady go. They currently have something like $1-2M of cap money available. I doubt Newton is going to give the Patriots some bargain contract.

  12. Either the owner doesnt like Cam, or he’s far more injured than they are letting on.
    Regardless, more time to wear outfits.

  13. tqaztec says:
    March 24, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    It has been a very long Super Bowl hangover for him.

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    It’s pretty much been a long Super Bowl hangover for every player who’s ever been there who isn’t named Tom Brady.

  14. Newton needs to sign a 1 or 2 year ‘make it’ deal worth around 12 mil. His body has taken a beating and his mindset is questionable. Personally, I think he’s done.

  15. Haberdashers in NFL cities without a half-decent QB are salivating at the prospects of outfitting Newton for his win-or-lose-im-gonna-dress-awesome post-game press conferences.

    But as a QB, I wouldn’t touch him. He’s been worthless since the Broncos dismantled him in the Super Bowl.

  16. He will be a backup somewhere. Who needs a good backup? Injury prone starter or a guy who is on shaky ground. Dolphins? Chargers? Bills? Packers? Dallas?

  17. I don’t get all the hate for Cam, especially in questioning his toughness. He’s run into contact much more than he should have over his career, and he rarely got help from the refs.

    I think the SB fumble stare was just a brain fart. A bad one, but I doubt he was scared. He’s never shown that his entire career.

    At this point, though, he’s just not reliable enough to invest in him as a starting QB. He may get a 1 year prove it deal somewhere. Maybe.

  18. Avenging Cowboy says:
    March 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    Not a Cam fan, but the NFL has allowed him to take more cheap shots than any QB in the league. It’s no wonder that he’s in the condition he’s in.
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    Brett Favre: That’s cute.

  19. electricboogalo says:
    March 24, 2020 at 5:23 pm
    Avenging Cowboy says:
    March 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    Not a Cam fan, but the NFL has allowed him to take more cheap shots than any QB in the league. It’s no wonder that he’s in the condition he’s in.
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    Brett Favre: That’s cute.
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    He’s taken more hits and cheap shots than any QB since he came into the league. Avenging Cowboy said “any QB in the league” and you simply missed it. He’s only 30 and if he can find a place that properly constructs an O-line to help him out, he could have a great 2nd act. I’m disappointed to see Carolina let him go but it’s clear they are going to take a different path going forward. New(ish) owner, new coach, new staff, new QB… when do they get a new GM? Does CMC stay for long if they are thinking rebuild?

  20. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm
    And to think.. Da Bears traded for Foles.. They should’ve waited
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    Superbowl MVP QB vs Superbowl unVP?

  21. The Blitz says: “No owner wants this 30 + year old clown dressing up like an idiot with his mop stickin out in every direction standing up in front of tv cameras representing their team…how long you think the Patriots would put up with that….he belongs in the circus”
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    Hating him because he’s a terrible player is fine, but hating a player because of how he dresses, acts off the field or HOW HE COMBS HIS HAIR is just beyond dumb.

    Anyone that can help WIN GAMES is the ONLY criteria. PERIOD.

    And the Patriots put up with Gronkowski’s circus for years without a peep from Belichick.

  22. Upon being handed his release paperwork he promptly dropped it on the ground and jumped backwards.

  23. J-E-T-S.

    1 year deal as a backup. If Darnold goes down, they have an NFL caliber QB.

    He and Winston don’t have many options left. Waiting until training camp, or after draft might help their agents.

  24. If Cam thinks he’s going to get an offer north of $20M then he’s crazy. If I were a team that was interested I’d quickly become disinterested if he made such a demand. Since Jameis remains unsigned I’ll be surprised if Cam gets any offers other than the same kind of deal Bortles got last year with the Rams as a backup.

  25. All the deep burning hatred in the comments for Cam aside, the Panthers did screw him this offseason. They waffled back and forth in deciding if they wanted him, though everyone expected him to be gone. They did not give him a permission to seek a trade until last week, we’ll after free agency started. If the team itself sought any trades, which is much more effective than a player’s agent cold calling his contacts around the league, I don’t recall it. Now, they release him after all the free agents have signed.

    Maybe you love Cam, maybe you hate him, but the Panthers did all they could to minimize his chances at finding a new team. That statement is just dumb-yeah, we love you so much that we held on to you until your chances dried up and put the burden on you to find a team to take you, knowing that you’ll be released. Any player with any team should be ticked at that.

  26. Tepper was ready to move in a different direction and probably had his mind made up on Cam before Rivera was fired.

  27. ak185 says:

    All the deep burning hatred in the comments for Cam aside, the Panthers did screw him this offseason. They waffled back and forth in deciding if they wanted him, though everyone expected him to be gone. They did not give him a permission to seek a trade until last week, we’ll after free agency started. If the team itself sought any trades, which is much more effective than a player’s agent cold calling his contacts around the league, I don’t recall it. Now, they release him after all the free agents have signed.

    Maybe you love Cam, maybe you hate him, but the Panthers did all they could to minimize his chances at finding a new team. That statement is just dumb-yeah, we love you so much that we held on to you until your chances dried up and put the burden on you to find a team to take you, knowing that you’ll be released. Any player with any team should be ticked at that.

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    Cry me a river. The NFL, like most of the real world, is all about leverage. The side that has it is going to use it. Cam had it for awhile, now the team has it, made a business decision, and acted accordingly. For my entire working life (40+ years), I worked in environments where if my employer could find someone to do a job better and cheaper than the person they had, they acted accordingly. You can disagree with their conclusion, but a team will do that every time.

  28. Why does anyone care how Cam dresses? Free country, right?

    Cam is in a similar situation to Mariota – he’s done a bad job of protecting himself. When the Panthers did well, it was because Cam was taking hits like a running back. Effective, sure, but that’s a short-lived strategy. He never juked anyone (like Lamar Jackson does, who’s open field skills are jaw dropping) he just tried to plow through tacklers.

    And – I agree with some of the other comments – he’s taken many hits that would’ve been called roughing against other QBs.

    He can still be a starting QB in the NFL, but he’s got to protect himself and rely on his arm more.

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