Panthers GM reflects on the timing of Cam Newton’s release
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney claims that once they made a decision on Cam Newton’s status with the team, they released him. Hurney was asked all kinds of questions about the status of the Panthers team in a 1-on-1 interview with Joseph Person of The Athletic.
Hurney said they wanted to be fair to the player so once they made the decisions on Newton and Greg Olsen, they let the players know of their decision:
“I’ve been asked that question before. When we made the decision on Greg, we informed Greg and we released Greg. And when we made the decision on Cam, we released Cam. You go through a lot of thought process and a lot of discussions, and different decisions are made at different times. But as soon as we make decisions, we address them.”
Cam Newton still hasn’t found a new team, something that is a bit shocking to many. Hurney was asked why he thought Newton still hadn’t found a new team, but he said that wasn’t something he was too focused on:
I don’t know. I’m just focused on us and trying to get us the best we can be for this season. I can’t speak for other teams. I do have great respect for him, but I can’t answer for other teams.
Newton was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, finding a lot of success during his time with the team.
If it wasn’t for injuries, there is a good chance Newton would still be with the team, and not Teddy Bridgewater who was brought in to lead the team.