The Carolina Panthers are expected to release longtime quarterback Cam Newton today.
Newton was selected with the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Came made three Pro Bowls in his tenure and led Carolina to a 15-1 record in 2015, winning the league’s MVP award.
The Panthers made an appearance in Super Bowl 50 but ultimately fell to the Denver Broncos 24-10.
Carolina attempted to send Newton to the Bears and Chargers but didn’t find any takers, leaving releasing him as their only option.
Just last week, the Panthers had given Cam Newton permission to seek a trade.
“One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft,” Panthers GM Marty Hurney said in a statement. “Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts.”