Will Cam Newton Rebound Like These 7 NFL Stars Who Got Cut?

Jordan Cohn
March 25, 2020 - 10:47 am

Cam Newton’s breakup with Carolina certainly wasn’t the happy ending that many Panthers fans would’ve hoped for. It wasn’t completely unforeseen, though.

Though “Superman” paced the league in several categories throughout his 2015 MVP campaign, the dropoff in his performance in subsequent seasons was significant.

From 2016 to 2018, according to Pro Football Reference, Newton had a passer rating of 83.3 which placed him as the No. 23 QB out of 28 eligible quarterbacks (min. 25 games played and 4,000 passing yards). To put that number in perspective, it trailed Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton, Case Keenum and Mitchell Trubisky.

Additionally, his 2.92% interception rate was third-highest, trailing only Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. It’s safe to say that he wasn’t giving the Panthers the numbers that they desired from their former star quarterback.

His injury-mired 2019 is one he and the Panthers will want to forget, and apparently his performance and health issues were so discouraging that general manager Marty Hurney opted to sign a new franchise quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, and leave Newton in a career predicament.

Through social media, Newton expressed his frustration at the Panthers after the team’s official account posted an apparently inaccurate representation of the two parties’ negotiations (check the comments section).

Tuesday, the Panthers officially announced that they were cutting the man who led them to a Super Bowl, multiple division titles and, once again, was an MVP just five years ago. Newton wasted little time in displaying his newfound excitement on social media.

He has a real chance to get his revenge on the Panthers and prove that it was a massive mistake to let him go as a cap casualty, and though Carolina cleared $19.1 million in cap space by releasing Newton, they could end up seeing him replicate past success if his health prevails. It’s not unheard of for such a situation to occur, and it’s created some of the finest story lines and comeback stories in NFL history.

Here are some examples.

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