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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

The other shoe has dropped. ESPN is reporting that the Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Cam Newton after nine seasons, including one in which he led the team to the Super Bowl and was named the NFL MVP.

This move comes a week after the Panthers announced that they had given Newton permission to seek a trade and then signed former New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million deal. Referring to the trade talk, Cam tweeted that the Panthers “forced me into this.”

No offers were made by any other team, however, and the Panthers appear to be moving on without him anyway. Furthermore, the Panthers traded quarterback Kyle Allen to the Washington Redskins and signed P.J. Walker from the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks on Monday (3/23).

During his time with the Panthers, Cam Newton became the anchor of the offense and broke most of the team’s career passing records. Unfortunately, repeated foot and shoulder injuries diminished his production over the past two seasons. Despite those setbacks, I expect he’ll eventually find a place on another NFL roster for the upcoming season.

As sad as it is to watch #1 leave the Carolina Panthers, my memories of his dynamic style of play are happy ones. So are my memories of speaking with Cam. The last conversation I had with him was just prior to his foundation’s 2019 Kicking It With Cam kickball tournament. His generosity toward the Charlotte community has been as big as his smile. Thanks for everything and best of luck, Cam!

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 01: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers raises his fist in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 28: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 31: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 24: (L-R) Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers, Greg Olsen #88, Cam Newton #1, and Charles Johnson #95 celebrate defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 31: Teammates Cam Newton #1 and Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers warm up before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 28: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 05: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 09: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 09: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers takes the field against the Dallas Cowboys at Bank of America Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 28: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scores a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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