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Cam Newton thanks Panthers fans in video, says he never wanted to leave Carolina

Cam Newton thanks Panthers fans in video, says he never wanted to leave Carolina

Cam Newton is headed to Foxborough after agreeing to a contract with the Patriots — and after giving Panthers fans an inside look at his exit from Charlotte last March.

Newton’s site posted a YouTube video Monday that was one part thank you to the Carolinas and one part Team Cam’s version of events. The video begins with Newton working out on a home treadmill. A graphic of “MARCH 17, 2020/ATLANTA, GA” appears. News of his trade request had just broken.

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“I’m angry . . . I feel let down,” he said as he walked, “but at the same time, hey, I’m not bitter.”

“I know since the day that I first came into this league that this day was going to come,” he added. He said the Panthers were a “great organization.”

“I’ll say this right now: I never once wanted to leave Carolina. Don’t let them make you believe anything else,” he said. “It was their decision, I stuck with it, and I knew that, so I asked for a trade. Everything else? That’s BS.”

The trade talks ended a week later when the Panthers released Newton on March 24. A little over three months after that, he became a Patriot, agreeing on a one-year deal with a minimal base salary and incentives that could push the value of the contract as high as $7.5 million.

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The Panthers freed up $19.1 million of cap space by releasing Newton. That more than covered the $14 million cap hit this year (per Spotrac.com) for Newton’s replacement, Teddy Bridgewater.

“Like I said, I’m not bitter, I don’t have any hatred, I just understand that this is a business first,” Newton said in the video.

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Erin Clark

Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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