The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:00 am

NFL free agency

Panthers cut ties with Newton

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the 30-year-old quarterback after nine seasons.

The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to seek a trade and then agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater about 90 minutes later.

On Monday night, Newton posted on his Instagram account that he was “hungrier” now because he is “unemployed.”

“Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday.

Newton now becomes a free agent. The move frees up $19.1 million in salary cap space for the Panthers. They'll have to absorb $2 million in dead cap money.

Eifert signs deal with Jaguars

Oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a two-year contract in free agency Tuesday night.

The former Dwenger and Notre Dame star played in 16 games last year for the first time in his seven NFL seasons, all with Cincinnati. He caught 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns.

He has 185 receptions for 2,152 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best year came in 2015, when he had 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 scores. But he's missed more games (34) than he's played (30) since.

Brady looking toward future

Tom Brady says one day he'll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year stint with the New England Patriots.

Right now, the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on his next challenge. It's a big one.

“I don't want to talk about the past because that's not relevant to what's important in my future and what's going on this offseason for me,” Brady said Tuesday during a conference call in which he declined to discuss specifics about his decision to leave his old team.

The three-time NFL MVP reiterated that while he cherished “two decades of incredible experience and learning from some of the best players and the best coaches, and the ownership” of the Patriots, he's excited about moving forward with the Bucs.

Trent Williams asks for release

The agent for Washington's longtime starting left tackle Trent Williams released a statement asking the team to make a move with Williams. In the statement sent to The Associated Press, Vince Taylor cited “irreconcilable differences” that pushed the relationship between Williams and the team to this point.

Williams sat out the 2019 season because of a dispute with the front office. 

Extra points

San Francisco officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year, $28.5 million contract. ... Wide receiver Robby Anderson  agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million deal with the Panthers. ... The Jets signed receiver Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million ... New Orleans has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. ... Seattle agreed to a one-year contract  with former Colts and Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett. ... Cornerback Rashaan Melvin and Jacksonville agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. ... Cornerback Jimmy Smith has signed a one-year contract with Baltimore. ...  Kansas City has agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta'amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season, ... Green Bay signed veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis.

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