The Carolina Panthers have announced that they have allowed quarterback Cam Newton to seek an exchange, although the former quintessential league player has stated that he has not requested one. Later Tuesday, the Panthers appeared are about to sign free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played last season with the New Orleans Saints.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney tweeted Tuesday that the team is leaving Newton. “Every year, tough decisions are made and they are never easy,” said Hurney. “We have worked with Cam and his agent to find the best solution for him to move forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts.”
Newton was quick to respond to the Panthers on social media, saying he had not requested the exchange. “Stop the word game !!” Newton wrote in an Instagram comment. “I never asked for it !!” It is impossible to dodge this one; I love the Panthers to death and I will always love you guys !! Please do not try to play me or manipulate the story and act as I wanted: you forced me to. “
Newton, 30, has battled shoulder and foot injuries in the past two seasons and has lost his last eight starts for the Panthers. Former coach # 1, Newton made the Pro Bowl three times and was the NFL MVP in 2015 when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. He has just fractured Lisfranc on the left foot during the offseason and the Panthers had previously declared that they were waiting to see how he recovered before making a decision on his future.