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Former Panthers Star Blasts Team Over Cam Newton Decision

A closeup of Cam Newton throwing a pass during a Panthers game.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers made a tough decision on Tuesday, officially releasing Cam Newton. It put an end to a successful tenure for the former No. 1 overall pick from Auburn.

Carolina's decision to cut Newton didn't sit well with many fans. Well, it appears former teammates of his aren't happy either that ownership moved on from a quarterback that accomplished so much for the franchise.

Jon Beason, a former linebacker for the Panthers from 2007-2013, spoke to TMZ about the news involving Newton. His biggest issue with Carolina releasing Newton is that it waited so late in free agency to cut the cord.

"From a player's perspective, you want to see a team do right by a player, especially one that's taken them to the Super Bowl and won an MVP," Beason told TMZ Sports. "Release him prior to free agency. It's just unfair for the player who's done so much for the organization."

This is a very valid argument from Beason. Since the quarterback market was loaded with viable options this year, a handful of landing spots for Newton disappeared because Carolina waited too long to release him.

Beason said Newton is one of eight quarterbacks capable of winning a Super Bowl.

He also said that if a team challenges Newton in the near future, he'll deliver for them.

Injuries have played a major factor in why Newton isn't viewed as highly as he used to be. However, a change of scenery could do wonders for the former MVP.