CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Cam Newton, according to a news release from the team.

It ended Newton’s nine-year tenure with the team, including a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season and a 68-55-1 overall record.

"Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas," general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. "Everyone saw his performances on the field. I had the privilege of seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching. He's the ultimate competitor and it physically hurts him to lose. He willed this team to victory on many occasions and will always be considered one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise. His contributions to this team, this community and the game of football will leave a lasting impact on our organization."

The Panthers signed free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to possibly replace Newton.