Dec 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints 44-38. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING NEWS: Cam Newton Traded to Arizona Cardinals for WR Michael Floyd and Draft Picks


WOW!

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.”

Nov. 25, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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!

April Fools! ;)

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  • Newton4Prez

    Aw man yeah you got me good…I shoulda known better, shame on me! You about gave me a heart attack! LOL nice one!

  • Mark Hairston

    somebody going to hel for this one you don’t play with peoples emotions like this i was honestly about to cry for real..

    • Catman

      Ah Mark don’t feel TOO bad. A LOT of people fell for the April Fool’s Day prank here, and at least I fessed up at the end and let everyone in on it. You can thank Carson Palmer and his antics – that’s what gave me the idea in the first place!

  • http://twitter.com/Legalmorning Mike Wood

    You suck! I wish Newton would get traded. Maybe they could then dust off Clausen for a few more games.

  • Lee Washington

    LOOKIN EVERYWHERE FOR CONFORMATION OF THIS STORY,,,,GOOD ONE.

  • WC

    OH, SNAP!!!! Seeing as how today is the 5th, I certainly had no idea that you were a FRAUD!!! lol I’m a Seahawks fan (and Fitzgerald for sure, but…) too so this would have rocked my NFC WEST world. That’s a good one dude! Right up there with when George Noory had me convinced he changed Coast to Coast (The AM radio show, check it out!) into a cooking show called Toast to Toast!!! In my defense, I was fresh out of surgery that day and awfully hopped up on oxy’s. Cam is a Monster! I think he’d make a better Raider than Cardinal though. Hey, remember when the Raiders were good? They need a serious game changer like Gruden or Cam or…? Oh yeah, Matt Flynn Baby!!! Go Seahawks!!!! (And Flynn!!!)

    • Catman

      hahaha well maybe the anesthesia made the impact a bit less? I hope you’re doing well from surgery! And thanks….I just came up with what I figured would sound like a real blockbuster-type trade with all the picks and made up the rest for April Fools’ Day. I did get some people going for a minute!! LOL!! Take care and go Panthers!!

  • chas territo

    funny stuff!! what made it sound so true is the options for the panthers was a could be thing. imagine how improved the panthers would have been? scary good!! thanks for the guffaw!!

  • Daniel Laxen

    You only got idiotic people to fall for that crap!

  • ricefield

    No matter how the Panthers do at least they have a good, funny writer. Reminds me of a trade decades ago when a guy named Ollie Matson was traded for 9 players/draft choices.

    • Catman

      Aw, thanks ricefield. I’m glad pretty much everyone can take a good April Fool’s Day joke. And yes, you’re 100% correct – there have been some doosies of trades in NFL history…sounds like a good article idea, in fact: “Top ten worst trades in NFL history” or “Top ten most lopsided trades in NFL history.” Take care, and thanks for your kind words!

  • chris olson

    ken –funny stuff on april 1st — but not so much on april 12th.

    noone is gonna wanna come back for more articles —- and yes i’ll watch out for the virtual door on the way out ….

    • Catman

      Thanks for the comment, Chris. Not my fault that people get “fooled” on the 12th by a two week-old article. Google tells you how old it is when you search, and besides, according to the hits catcrave.com has been getting this month, PLENTY of people are coming back for more articles but thanks for your prediction, as off base as it may be….365 Facebook “likes” (and counting) disagree with you.

  • 3kolu

    yah right

  • epensado

    I saw this on April 15th and my first thought was it was published as an April’s fool.

    Can’t wait for draft!!

  • rwcCat88

    And here I thought I was seeing a Hershel Walker debacle again…although I wouldn’t put it past the Cards to pulling dumb decisions in the future…

  • Chris Wyman

    Wow! The Panthers GM is a genius!! Cam Newton sucks donkey nutz. I’m having much respect now.

  • a shady mexican

    What a wack ass april fools joke

  • disqus_JmcFDecx6w

    You should probably take this post down now since it’s showing up on search engines