Conclusion: retention just makes sense
For all intents and purposes, releasing Cam Newton is not a good football decision and it’s not a good financial decision. He’s an incredible player that has set a new standard for NFL
quarterbacks. The team has finally reached a point where they can reliably protect him and provide the complementary production needed to win games. We can’t deny the possibility that if he were completely healthy right now and the Panthers knew from the beginning what they know now about their personnel, the team would be undefeated. We also can’t deny the fact that the team is in “win now” mode and that they can find a way to retain the personnel that will give them a fighting chance at the Lombardi next year with a healthy Cam at the helm.
Why should the Panthers let his sendoff be so unceremonious from a football perspective and so imprudent from a financial perspective? Better yet, what would Cam, as a player, get from being turned over to a team that already has other franchise players but no spirit? Any team would be lucky to have him, but he has unfinished business in the Carolinas.
Cam Newton has not made his last case for the Panthers, and despite what the mainstream media wants everyone to believe, he’ll be back with the Panthers next year if not in the case of a postseason emergency this year.