Panthers release quarterback Cam Newton

Cam Newton (Photo: Carolina Panthers)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the quarterback after nine seasons.

The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.