The Panthers nearly made the playoffs this past season despite not having Newton, as Kyle Allen stepped in and kept them in the playoff picture until the final weeks. The team has moved on completely from the era that got them to one Super Bowl, which they lost, as they fired head coach Ron Rivera in favor of Matt Rhule, and have signed quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and P.J. Walker to compete for the starting job come 2020.
The former top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft continues to rehab from foot surgery, but reportedly passed his physical, with both his foot and shoulder being healthy enough. The former Auburn Tiger spent nine years with the Panthers, winning the 2015 NFL MVP, the same season his team lost in the Super Bowl to Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos. The move to cut him frees up the $21.1 million that he was owed for the 2020 season, which would've been a lot of money to sit on the bench.
The 30-year-old is in a tough time to be a free agent quarterback, as most starting jobs are already taken up, with only the Los Angeles Chargers as a potential option for him to start. Although, the team has already stated that they are sticking with Tyrod Taylor as their guy for 2020. Also, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jameis Winston is still available, and both former top picks and Heisman winners may find themselves as backups at best this upcoming season. Before the injuries, Newton had a nice resume, in over nine NFL seasons he has appeared in 125 games, starting 124 of them, and throwing for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdowns, while also running for 4,806 yards and 58 scores.