The Panthers are expected to release quarterback Cam Newton, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Albert Breer of the MMQB.

The move comes after the team recently announced it gave the Auburn product permission to seek a trade.

Carolina said general manager Marty Hurney met with Newton and his representation to discuss the plan.

However, shortly after the Panthers shared the news, Newton took to social media to say he did not request to leave.

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“I never asked for it,” he said. “Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this; you forced me into this.”

The Panthers tried to send Newton to Bears or Chargers but were unable to land a deal and there are no starting quarterback jobs available.

Releasing Newton was the only option, according to Breer.

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Newton has gone 68–55–1 in his career, leading the Panthers to the playoffs four times.

When healthy he’s still one of the top QB’s in the league.  

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