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The Cam Newton era might be over for the Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton
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The Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on injured reserve Tuesday, a move that effectively ends his season and could also spell the end of his tenure in Carolina.

Looking ahead: Newton has one more year left on the extension he signed after being named MVP in 2015, but the Panthers could save $19 million by cutting or trading the injury-prone star this offseason, per OverTheCap.

The bottom line: While it seems unlikely that the Panthers will cut Newton, they could seek a trade partner — especially if his replacement, Kyle Allen, keeps on winning (5-1 in Newton's absence).

  • Two winters ago, the Chiefs sent Alex Smith to Washington, and last winter, the Ravens sent Joe Flacco to Denver. Where might the Panthers send Newton? Chicago?

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