The end of an era has come in Carolina. Cam Newton was released by the orginization in a tweet by Adam Schefter. Carolina released Newton in order to save a ton of cap. This move after signing Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year sixty million dollar deal.
Newton is the quarterback the Panthers have relied on for the last nine years after making him the first overall pick in 2011. This comes after a long game of wait-and-see for the longtime quarterback. The team initially stated they had allowed Newton to seek a trade after signing Teddy Bridgewater. Newton fired back on instagram later:
The panthers then watched as the teams seen as the best suitors for Newton settled their quarterback situation. Los Angeles decided to stick with Tyrod Taylor and Chicago traded for Nick Foles. These were the two teams that were the most likely suitors for Newton via trade.
Newton has an extensive injury history. Most recently is the Lisfranc injury to his foot that kept him out of the majority pof the 2019 season. This being the case, the panthers had likely forced themselves to trade Newton.
This is a good move for the Panthers, who free up 19 million in cap space by cutting Newton. Cam Newton (when healthy) is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. He brings a skillset no other passer brings to the table.
Carolina will move forward in 2020 with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter under center. He brings a level of consistency to the Carolina Panthers. Something that is desperately needed with all the changes coming for the team in the future.
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