Cam Newton: ‘In order for me to leave,’ Panthers will have to ‘get rid of me’
With Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers far from certain beyond this season, the veteran quarterback insisted Tuesday at a charity event that the organization will have to push him out the door if his time in Charlotte is at its end.
Tuesday marked Newton’s sixth annual Christmas charity drive, which he highlighted on social media.
Time has come for our 6th Annual Santa Cam’s Surprise Sleigh! We’re getting packed and ready to head out for the day! Follow us -> on FB & Twitter to track where Santa Cam and his elves are heading. Couldn’t do this without our partner @Chase. Don’t miss our surprises today! pic.twitter.com/5mtqh1IkvU— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) December 17, 2019
When the day was all said and done, Newton had distributed over $130,000 in gifts around Charlotte.
Largest Cam to date! @CameronNewton went around town to donate over $130,000 in gifts. #WPMOYChallenge Newton pic.twitter.com/Qdd6LGaq0t— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 17, 2019
While hosting an event at a Charlotte men’s shelter, Newton expressed a desire to stay with the Panthers, comments elicited by unwavering support from those in attendance.
“That’s the plan. That’s where I want to be. …You can’t get rid of me that easily,” he says, as shared by Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.
“Listen let me tell you something,” Newton says later. “In order for me to leave, they got to get rid of me.”
Newton has appeared in only two games for the Panthers this season because of a Lisfranc injury, a setback suffered during the preseason.
While it appeared the Panthers had their quarterback of the future in Kyle Allen, the young signal-caller’s play has deteriorated significantly over the course of the season. Third-round pick Will Grier is now set to start at QB in Week 16.
To part ways with Newton, the Panthers would have to trade him, as the quarterback is set to count $21.1 million against the cap next season, which makes an outright release presumably not an option.
Either way, Newton has made it quite clear that if this is indeed the end of his Panthers tenure, his departure will not be his decision.