By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Carolina Panthers announced that they have released quarterback Cam Newton. He was previously the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Panthers.
Newton is one of the team’s all-time great players. He ends his tenure as their all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions, 300-yard passing games, rushing touchdowns, and quarterback wins.
“Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “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.”
Newton spent a decade with the Panthers before his release. He appeared in 148 games with the team. He made 144 starts with a 75-68-1 record.
The College Park, Georgia-born athlete went 2,240 of 4,106 for 29,725 yards. He had 186 touchdown passes and 113 touchdowns.
In his final season with the team, he appeared in eight games. Newton started just five games and lost all five games.
Newton went 69 of 126 for 684 yards. He had four touchdown passes and five interceptions.
During the 2015 season, Newton was the first player in team history, who was named the AP NFL MVP. He was also named the AP Offensive Player of the Year due to his success that season.
He guided the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 before losing to the Denver Broncos.