On Tuesday, The Carolina Panthers officially released Cam Netwon from the team, and yesterday in an Instagram video he said, “They gave up on me.”
Newton had a great run with the Panthers. The Quarterback led them to the Super Bowl in 2011 and 2015, becoming the MVP in the latter game.
He will leave them as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (29,041), passing touchdowns (182), pass attempts (3,980), pass completions (2,371), 300-yard passing games (19), rushing touchdowns (58) and wins by a quarterback (68).
However, in the last two years, he was plagued with injuries including a shoulder one that kept him out of the final two games of the 2018 season.
Last year, he underwent foot surgery and only played two games the whole season. Therefore, you can understand why it pains them as much to lose him as the physical pain he has been in.
“Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas. “Everyone saw his performances on the field. I had the privilege of seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching. He’s the ultimate competitor and it physically hurts him to lose. He willed this team to victory on many occasions and will always be considered one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise. His contributions to this team, this community and the game of football will leave a lasting impact on our organization.”Panters General Manager Marty Hurney in a statement
The Panthers have already signed New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater to replace him.
Where will Netwon go? That is a big question because NBC Sports says in a way they screwed him over by waiting until Tuesday to drop him, 8 days after the free agent market opened up. Most of the teams have already signed their new QBs.
Hope is not lost for the 30-year-old. According to the rumors, he could wind up signing with either the LA Chargers or the New England Patriots. If he goes to the latter team, he will have to fill the very large shoes that belonged to Tom Brady who just signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Are you going to miss him or do you think the Panthers made the right choice?