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Look: Cam Newton Calls Out The Panthers On Instagram

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers yelling.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts during warms ups prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers announced this morning that Cam Newton has been allowed to seek a trade.

"One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft," general manager Marty Hurney said. "Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts."

The way Carolina worded things on the official website, "Panthers give Cam Newton permission to seek trade," makes it seem like both sides wanted this.

Newton clarified things on Instagram. He made it clear that he is being forced out.

"Stop with the word play. I never asked for it," Newton wrote on Instagram. "There is no dodging this one! I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys. Please do not try and play me, or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this. You forced me into this."

Newton has been with the Panthers since 2011. He was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Carolina appears to be ready to move on, though. The Panthers have a new head coach in Matt Rhule and reportedly have interest in Teddy Bridgewater.

Newton, 31, has been linked to a couple of different franchises, including the Chargers and the Patriots, who could have interest in trading for him.