In the Panthers Instagram comments Publish Announcing that the team had given him “permission to seek a trade,” Newton issued a response, saying the organization had forced him into this situation.
“Stop with the pun,” he wrote. “I never asked for it. There’s no dodging this one; I love the Panthers to the death and I will always love you guys. Please don’t try to play. with me, or don’t manipulate the narrative and act the way I wanted; you forced me to this. “
Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen also responded to the same Instagram post, writing: “Sounds familiar.”
Olsen suggests that, like Newton, he was forced to leave. The Panthers finally released him in February.
Whichever side is at fault, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Last January, Newton underwent right shoulder surgery, a red flag for a quarterback throwing with that same arm.
Newton was able to return in Week 1 of the 2019 campaign, but his season was cut short when he suffered a Lisfranc fracture that sidelined him in Week 3. Cam was placed on the injured list two months later when the Panthers claimed the injury wasn’t healing as quickly as expected.
With former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera in Washington, and Matt Rhule now at the helm, Carolina appears to be looking for a flagman to match their new coach’s offense. So, even before the dust on Newton’s news set in, the Panthers were rushing to acquire their new quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, according to Ian Rapoport.
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