Panthers set to release Cam Newton

Cam Newton set to become a free agent
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The Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, after failing to find a trade partner.

Panthers are expected to release QB Cam Newton today, sources tell ESPN.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2020

The Panthers gave Newton permission to seek a trade after signing Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 deal last week. Carolina also traded Kyle Allen – Newton's backup who played 13 games while Newton was out with a foot injury in 2019 – to the Redskins for a fifth-round pick on Monday.

We've reached a strange place in the NFL when Allen is worth more in trade value than Newton, a former MVP in 2015. But there's a reason for it.

Another sign of the different world it now is: At a time in which teams can’t give physicals to players with medical questions marks, the Panthers were able to get back a fifth-round pick for QB Kyle Allen but nothing for QB Cam Newton.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2020

Still, the Redskins won't be interested in Newton once he does become available, news ESPN's John Keim reported Monday before Washington traded for Allen.

"Although (Ron) Rivera drafted and coached Newton in Carolina, the Redskins know if they sign him, he would be coming here to start," Keim wrote. "And they don't want to put (Dwayne) Haskins in a position where he has no shot to compete for the job."

Once Carolina releases QB Cam Newton today, the quarterbacks that can he had through free agency or trade include:--Cam Newton--Jameis Winston--Andy Dalton

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2020