Cam Newton to be Released by the Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After nine seasons and four playoff appearances that included three NFC South division championships, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are expected to officially part ways, according to multiple reports. 

Newton's future with the team all but ended with the signing of free agent QB Teddy Bridgewater in free agency. The team announced they had given Newton and his representation permission to seek a trade. Now, Newton will be a free agent for the first time in his career. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news Tuesday morning. Newton responded to the team's Instagram announcing he was given permission to seek a trade,replying that the move was forced upon him. He was set to enter the final year of his contract in 2020, and multiple surgeries led to speculation over him returning to the team this season. 

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