Stephen A. Smith Says Panthers "Screwed Over" Cam Newton

Schuyler Callihan

This offseason has been a whirlwind for Carolina Panthers fans. Along with seeing Luke Kuechly retire at the age of 28 and veteran tight end Greg Olsen head off for Seattle, they also saw the face of the franchise, Cam Newton, be released.

The Panthers didn't release Newton until late March, which caused a lot of frustration from not only Newton, but the fan base as well. Had Newton been released earlier, he would have had a much better look on the free agent market. However, at the time of his release, pretty much every NFL team had their quarterback situation figured out heading into the 2020 season or addressed it in the NFL Draft.

Monday morning on ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith was asked why he believes Cam Newton is still on the market. This hasn't been the first time he has voiced his opinion of the situation and it's hard to argue that he is wrong with how the Panthers handled it. 

"The Carolina Panthers screwed him over by waiting until late March to let him go. By that particular moment and time, most teams were doing different things and they pretty much had a lot of their situations set. But considering Cam Newton's cache, his name, what's he's capable of doing, by letting him go so late you definitely compromised his leverage and ensured that there's no way that he would come close to getting what he was worth and that is the problem. It was more of when they let him go, more so than their willingness to let him go. He deserved better. They should have let him go significantly earlier and I don't think this would have been a problem."

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Comments (8)
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Clarrissia
Clarrissia

I AGREE with Stephen Smith 100% the Panthers know they did CAM very WRONG CAM DESERVES BETTER THAN WHAT THEY TRYING TO OFFER HIM THE PANTHERS KNEW ALL ALONG THAT THEY WAS GOING TO RELEASE CAM AND MR. SMITH THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING ON CAM BEHALF

Bagarve
Bagarve

It was souly monetary, and I fully support it. We have been one of the most cap strapped teams of the last fifteen years, ever since stew and Williams got their matching mega offers after their duel 1k seasons. The fact that everyone's acting surprised, especially Cam, baffles me. I don't care what they said to him, or fans, he didn't produce the last two years, period. He didn't produce the first two years of the new regime. It was time. He will find better, quicker success elsewhere ... It's best for both.

debra.h
debra.h

I agree with Steven A. Despite the monetary issue, they still screwed him over, letting him go in the middle of the pandemic. I thought that was messed up

RJW
RJW

Let's get this right, Panthers paid Cam $100M for a contract that he agreed to and signed. The Panthers were obligated to Cam what the contract guaranteed and no more; Panthers actual paid Cam $40M over the guarantee (in total). It appeared that the Panthers thought that Cam might have some trade value and it was their leverage to pursue. Most of the monetary risk is with the teams as they have to pay, whether a player is healthy and able to play or not. Where do I sign up?


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