On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers made a final decision regarding Cam Newton. The front office has decided that it will release the former MVP.
Newton is only 30 years old, but injuries have derailed his career over the past few years. When healthy, he’s one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in football.
Before the Panthers made the decision to release Newton, the team tried to ship him out of town. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Panthers discussed a trade with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers.
It’s evident that Carolina couldn’t find any takers for Newton. Chicago acquired Nick Foles instead, meanwhile Los Angeles appears to be just fine with Tyrod Taylor.
The #Panthers tried to send Cam Newton to the #Bears and #Chargers. They found no takers and at this point, no starting jobs available. Release was the only option. Carolina has just $2M in dead money with this release, but Cam is now free.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2020
Since there was just one year remaining on Newton’s deal, the Panthers will only carry $2 million in dead money by releasing him.
Carolina added a pair of quarterbacks this offseason in Teddy Bridgewater and PJ Walker. The team also has Will Grier on its roster as well.
Paying nearly $20 million to Newton this season didn’t make any sense for the Panthers, especially since Bridgewater received a lucrative contract.
It’ll be interesting to see which teams pursue Newton now that he’ll be available on the open market.