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For Cam Newton, just like all the rest of us, the next step may be to wait a while.
Newton, who missed most of last season with a foot injury, was released Tuesday by the Panthers, who are rebuilding under new head coach Matt Rhule. It was mostly a business-as-usual move in the NFL, where it's standard practice for a new coach to say wonderful things about veterans before replacing them with "his guys." And Teddy Bridgewater may indeed be a worthy successor to Newton, though other recent additions like receiver Robby Anderson and backup quarterback PJ Walker suggest Rhule is a little too eager to replace members of the 2015 NFC champions with members of the 2015 Temple Owls.