Carolina Panthers fire GM Dave Gettleman in shocking move

Carolina Panthers fire GM Dave Gettleman in shocking move

Several former Carolina Panthers players have already expressed joy over the team firing general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday, and there may be at least one member of the current roster who shares in their excitement. Overall, Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners.

The Panthers open their training camp on July 26.

It's unclear who the Panthers will hire to replace Gettleman, but the timing is certainly odd, particularly with the season so near and the draft and free agency in the rearview.

But the departure of some veteran players was handled awkwardly by Gettleman in recent years, most notably wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Josh Norman, and a possible holdout by tight end Greg Olsen looks like another potential black mark on that front.

Brandon Beane, the Panthers' former assistant general manager, was hired by the Buffalo Bills to fill their GM vacancy in June.




Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said the decision was not easy and took much thought. "I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons". Norman signed with Washington.

Gettleman has more than 30 years of National Football League experience, mostly in scouting departments with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and New York Giants.

Now that Dave Gettleman has been fired, he's amending his statement.

Should this indeed be the case - and it very well could be since GMs are nearly never canned in mid-July after all the important personnel decisions were made - Richardson has a short-term memory about the salary-cap damage previously caused by the Panthers making financial choices based upon emotions and personal feelings about players rather than what's in the best long-term interest of the club. Kansas City fired John Dorsey on June 23.

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