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Panthers G.M. on losing Gaffney: “It’s business”


Four times in recent memory, a team tried to stash a player on IR, only to have another team claim him off waivers before they could.

Three times, the Patriots did the claiming. Twice now, they’ve done it to Dave Gettleman’s employer.

The Panthers General Manager was philosophical about losing sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney to the Patriots.

“This is a very competitive business, and people are going to try to improve their team within the rules,” Gettleman said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “And this is within the rules.”

Asked if he was upset the Patriots claimed Gaffney, Gettleman replied: “It’s business.”

It was also business when the Patriots claimed tight end Jake Ballard off waivers from the Giants in 2012 when Gettleman worked there.

And it was business when the Patriots claimed safety Josh Barrett off Broncos waivers in 2010, and when the Jaguars claimed Don Carey off waivers from the Browns in 2009, when both players were injured.

Ultimately, none of those players proved to be difference-makers, and Gaffney might not either.

The Panthers drafted him with the future in mind, but their present depth is the reason they needed a body.

With Jonathan Stewart out a few weeks with a hamstring strain and veterans DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert getting days off in practice, the Panthers felt they needed to bring in Fozzy Whittaker rather than carry an injured Gaffney on the roster for four weeks until they could safely put him on IR.

It was a bit of a risk, a pick and $96,600 in signing bonus that everyone would play nice.

Everyone did not.

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20 Responses to “Panthers G.M. on losing Gaffney: “It’s business””
  1. wrlegrand says: Jul 29, 2014 8:14 AM

    I really do not understand why the Patriots do things like this…In the end, I think it boils down the ego-driven coach. He just has to be different in any way possible.

    All I can say is that they should be worried about other things than the “business” of taking other teams IR players. If not for some video tape and Tom Brady, they are left holding the bag…

  2. 4thqtrsaint says: Jul 29, 2014 8:19 AM

    If a team wants to keep a player, don’t put him on waivers. I really don’t see how its unfair in any way.

  3. JackedUpSports says: Jul 29, 2014 8:32 AM

    stupid letting him go so easily

  4. mburkett1980 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:55 AM

    Surely they could have found someone else to cut, perhaps one of their undrafted free agents who clearly did not have as good of a grade as Gaffney. You have a 90 man roster these days; certainly you have an idea by now of at least a couple of guys who will be getting cut anyway.

    This was a blunder by their F.O.

  5. iman62 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:56 AM

    If the NFL wanted teams to safely stash players on the IR they would change the rules.

    This is working as intended.

  6. micknangold says: Jul 29, 2014 9:12 AM

    What a shock, Belichick stealing injured guys for no reason.

  7. TheDPR says: Jul 29, 2014 9:17 AM

    When you waive a guy, he’s waived. He isn’t on IR.

    If you don’t want him to be claimed by another team, don’t waive him.

    Don’t make it like the Patriots are the ones playing fast and loose when the teams who misuse the waiver process get bitten by it.

  8. diehardpanther says: Jul 29, 2014 9:26 AM

    The Patriots are just trying to get back at us for that thrashing we put on them last year!

  9. 6ball says: Jul 29, 2014 9:33 AM

    Belichick has a responsibility to field the best 53 players he can find through the draft, free agency and the waiver wire. If a player is put on waivers, he’s available to all teams in the proper order.

  10. realguy says: Jul 29, 2014 9:36 AM

    “Would someone please explain to me how this waiver wire thing works??!?!?!”
    – Dave Gettleman

  11. qdog112 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:52 AM

    OK, all together now: “In Gettleman we trust”.


  12. keeppounding says: Jul 29, 2014 11:55 AM

    This is what happens when your cheap

  13. djshnooks says: Jul 29, 2014 11:58 AM

    As long as Brady breaks his neck…

    It’s an equal payoff.

  14. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:53 PM

    During the 90-player roster limit phase, you can’t place anyone on IR. They have to pass through waivers first. It’s just how the rules are written. They waived Gaffney with the intent of putting him on IR. Sometimes it just backfires.

  15. thisguy124 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:49 PM

    Not that big of a deal. We can get somebody like Chris Davis or Todd Gurley next year. All this fuss over a 6th round pick who hasn’t even played a snap in training camp yet. You would have thought he was the next A.P. the way people are talking about him.

  16. thundastormz says: Jul 29, 2014 2:27 PM

    Maybe this makes the Pats and their fans feel better about the Panthers making Tom Brady cry in front of the entire nation on MNF last year.

  17. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 29, 2014 3:24 PM

    Let the haters talk. They only talk negative about them because they’re jealous of their success. You know if it was your team you would be huffing and puffing about how Goodell is out to get you and they used replacement refs. It was not much of a thrashing either if it comes down to the final play. Why be proud of a victory against a team that was not fully intact.

  18. pantherpablo says: Jul 29, 2014 7:47 PM

    “Why be proud of a victory against a team that was not fully intact.”

    Dumbest thing I’ve read today

  19. dwhcic says: Jul 29, 2014 8:55 PM

    That game ended on a terrible non-call, that should have been PI in the end zone, the defender (Kuechley?) completely mauled Gronk.

  20. motsuret06 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:48 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does. Dave Gettleman is not the sharpest tool in the shed and he was burnt (twice) by a sharper dude. All of this for a camp body who will be cut before the final 53. Was it worth that and because Johnathan Stewart disappears every training camp??? Gettleman says he is building through the draft and being cheap yet he gave away the Beason pick for a guy who has yet to do anything and he gives away the Gaffney pick because of Fuzzy Zoeller. Is that the way to build a winning football team???? If so, then Gettleman is behind the learning curve. As we all know, Gettleman has a plan. You tell me. Who has egg all over their face????

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