Panthers Fire GM Dave Gettleman After Four Seasons

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 17, 2017

Panthers training camp starts next week.

"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have made a decision to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager", owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement.

His mindset has apparently changed, although the Panthers might not need the veteran running back after selecting Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 National Football League draft.

A source told the Observer that the firing of Gettleman caught members of the staff by surprise, although a veteran player told the Observer that it was "not a shock".

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Gettleman is a gruff and outgoing Boston guy who wasn't afraid to make unpopular decisions during his undeniably successful run in Charlotte.

Gettleman was hired by the Panthers in 2013 after he spent 14 years with the New York Giants, where he served as a scout (1998), pro personnel director (1999-2011) and senior pro personnel analyst (2012). Norman then left and signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins. Prior to last season, the team had reached the postseason in each year Gettleman was in charge.

As ProFootballTalk's Darin Gantt points out, the Panthers now are in contract negotiations with fan favorites Greg Olsen and Thomas Davis, so it's possible Gettleman's history of not being sympathetic to established veterans played into his firing. His resume includes being a part of three Super-Bowl-winning teams as part of seven team appearances with different organizations.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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