CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced they have given quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade — although the former league MVP responded by saying he never requested one.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday via Twitter the team is moving on from Newton.
“Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy,” Hurney said. “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 was quick to respond to the Panthers on social media, saying he didn’t ask for the trade.
“Stop the word play!!” Newton tweeted. “I never asked for it!! There is no dodging this one; I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys!! Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this: You forced me into this.”
“One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft,” Hurney said.
The 31-year-old Newton has battled shoulder and foot injuries the last two seasons and lost his last eight starts for the Panthers.