The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Cam Newton, the team announced today.
1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Panthers, Newton ends his time in Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (29,041), passing touchdowns (182), pass attempts (3,980), completions (2,371), 300-yard passing plays (19), rushing touchdowns (58) and wins by a quarterback (68).
“Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “Everyone has seen his performance on the pitch. I was privileged to see how hard he worked off the pitch and his commitment to this team when no one was looking. He is the ultimate competitor and that physically hurts to lose. He has wanted him team to victory on many occasions and will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise. His contributions to this team, to this community and to the football game will leave a lasting impact on our organization.
In 2015, Newton became the first player in franchise history to be selected as AP NFL Most Valuable Player and added AP Offensive Player of the Year honors. He helped lead the Panthers to an NFC championship and a Super Bowl 50 appearance. Newton became the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns (35) and 10 rushing touchdowns ( 10) in a single season.
A three-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2013, 2015), Newton won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year when he set an NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (14) and became the first player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in a single season.
Newton has played in 125 career regular season games with 124 starts. He started all seven playoff games of his career. Newton went 68-55-1, 3-4 in the playoffs as the Panthers’ starting quarterback.