NOBODY saw this one coming. In an amazingly brash move by Carolina Panthers’ first-year General Manager David Gettleman, Cam Newton has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for their first, second, and 4th-round picks in 2013, their 1st and 3rd rounders in 2014, and a conditional pick in 2015 which could become a first-round pick should the Cardinals reach the NFC Championship Game this season or next.
The Cardinals also “threw in” WR Michael Floyd – their top draft pick from 2012 – in order to land the ultra-athletic, cannon-armed 3rd-year pro.
“It was a very tough decision to make, for obvious reasons,” Gettleman told reporters. “Cam’s a bona fide franchise quarterback, but with the holes we have to fill on both sides of the football, we felt the team would be better off in the long run filling many of those holes with young talent available in this year’s draft class, which has a lot of the kinds of players we really need.”
Gettleman added, “While the organization continues to struggle with acquiring talent while remaining under the salary cap this year and in the near future, and with Cam’s rookie contract expiring at the end of next year – and a huge pay-raise looming, we think we’d have only this season and next to get to the Super Bowl and win it before having to do a Baltimore Ravens-style house cleaning, and I’m not prepared to consider that option. The only clear path was that Cam had to go.”
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler inquired about Ron Rivera’s situation and what was expected of him, and who Gettleman had in mind for their starting quarterback, he responded.
“Well, taking your second question first, we all feel that Derek Anderson can step in and do the job since he’s been in the system already. He and Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula have a great working relationship, and Michael Floyd adds another deep-threat on the outside to help our offense become more explosive especially when you consider we’ve recently acquired Ted Ginn, Jr. (Head Coach Ron) Rivera has the knowledge and ability to work with what we now have, plus what we’ll get in the draft.
“Draft classes with this much overall talent come along once every ten years or so and this is my chance to really put my stamp on the team. While I was with the Giants, we built that team up through the draft and I don’t see where we’ll have another chance to do so in the near future. As painful as it is to send Cam to another team, at least he’s not in our division and with a team further behind in rebuilding than we are, so I like our chances,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued through his agent, Cam Newton expressed his surprise at the sudden move and his love for the Carolina Panthers’ fans, organization, and teammates, wishing them well in the upcoming season.
As for today, I gotcha!