CHARLOTTE, NC - The Panthers have given quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade. According to Panthers.com, the team's general manager Marty Hurney met with Newton and his representation to discuss the plan, signaling the end of a nine-year run in Carolina.
"One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft," Hurney said via Panthers.com. "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."
Newton, who will turn 31 in May, is entering the final year of a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension. He’s scheduled to cost $21.1 million under this season’s salary cap. The 2015 NFL MVP is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, but has undergone multiple surgeries on his throwing shoulder as well as a foot procedure. He's lost his last eight starts for Carolina.