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Cam Newton reacts after getting released by Panthers

The Cam Newton era in Carolina is officially over. The Carolina Panthers officially released the former NFL MVP on Tuesday as they prepare for a new era under first-year head coach Matt Rhule and new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

After the team signed Bridgewater earlier in the month to a big three-year deal worth $63 million, they simultaneously told Newton and his agent that they have permission to seek a trade despite Newton expressing interest in staying with the Panthers.

Carolina was unable to find a trade partner for the former No. 1 pick, making Newton an NFL free agent. Shortly after being released, Newton took to Instagram and posted photos and videos of him at the gym working out.

He captioned the post saying, “I’m free and hungry.”

It seems that Cam Newton is determined to land on his feet somewhere. Where that will be currently remains a mystery.

With many NFL teams either signing a free agent QB to be their starter or waiting until April’s draft to select the future of their franchise, options for Newton may be slim.

However, Newton is still only 30 years old and is not too far removed from his spectacular MVP season in 2015. Since then, Newton — while still a solid quarterback in the NFL — has yet to replicate that same level of success.

More recently, Newton has struggled mightily with injuries, playing through a shoulder injury for most of 2018 and being reduced to just two games in 2019 after suffering a Lisfranc injury. The Florida Gators product would later get surgery on the foot injury and has been rehabbing since, attempting to get back to MVP form.