Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are parting ways.
The Carolina Panthers are certainly not immune to moves in what has been a wild couple of days leading up to NFL free agency. Now, Carolina is set to part with Cam Newton, although it appears to only be a one sided affair.
The Panthers announced this morning they had given Newton permission to seek a trade. Newton responded, basically saying that the organization were the ones that wanted him out. In part of what he wrote, he said he didn’t want the organization to “manipulate this narrative and act like I wanted this.”
This is certainly a difficult breakup for both organization and player as Newton meant so much to the Panthers. It’s tough to see both sides part ways like this.
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From his work in the community to getting Carolina their first Super Bowl appearance since 2003 and winning the NFL MVP, Newton did it all for the Panthers. He was arguably the best quarterback in franchise history and he certainly led Carolina through some of their better times as an organization.
It’s been very clear since the start of this offseason that Carolina wants to head in a new direction. It has led to some fan favorites leaving the organization and that is not exclusive to just this year either. Over the past couple of seasons, we have seen some of the greats in Panthers history leave the team. From Thomas Davis going to Los Angeles, Luke Kuechly retiring and Greg Olsen heading to Seattle, it’s been a tough couple of months to be a fan of this team.
I will be interested to see where Newton ends up. Obviously, he is certainly not the player he once was but maybe a change of scenery will rejuvenate him and lead to some great football.
He has some good years of football left and should be able to spend it with a winning organization. Over the past couple of years, he has been hit hard, even in the pocket. The Panthers have tried to address their needs along the offensive line, but it hasn’t worked.
Nevertheless, the organization will certainly feel a lot different next season as the Panthers look to usher in this new era of football.