Carolina Panthers Have Message For Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers have a message for Cam Newton on the heels of their decision to allow him to seek out a trade: thank you.
On Tuesday, Carolina announced that the organization would be moving in a different direction at quarterback. Newton would be permitted to seek out a deal with a different team, and the Panthers would ultimately replace him with someone else.
All signs point to that someone else being former New Orleans Saints backup, Teddy Bridgewater.
Following the news coming out, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney offered some kind words for Newton.
QB1 and only.
You left an indelible mark on this franchise and you did it your way. pic.twitter.com/nFSzbp1sAO
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 17, 2020
“One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft,” he 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.”
While all of the communication from Carolina regarding this matter has been very nice and polite, Newton does not seem particularly happy.
After word came down regarding what was going to happen, he released a message of his own on social media.
“Stop with the word play. I never asked for it,” he said on Twitter.
“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. Love”
It will be interesting to see where Newton will ultimately end up. Thus far, he has been linked to the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots.