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Panthers boot G.M.Dave Gettleman


The Panthers have made plenty of news this offseason. None has been bigger than this.

The Panthers just announced that General Manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties the week before training camp begins.

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as General Manager,” owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. “I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.”

The Panthers are in the midst of a number of contract negotiations with beloved veterans (Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen) and Gettleman drew notorious hard lines with beloved veterans such as Jordan Gross and Steve Smith in the past. That might not have suited Richardson, who takes pride in his relationships with long-time players.

The move leaves them short-handed, as assistant G.M. Brandon Beane left for Buffalo’s G.M. job earlier this offseason.

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59 Responses to “Panthers boot G.M.Dave Gettleman”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 17, 2017 12:32 PM

    Oh boy.

  2. tylawspick6 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:33 PM

    he just got there!


    here comes cap hell

  3. eazeback says: Jul 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    something else is going on here

  4. corkspop says: Jul 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    Now that’s a surprise…… The track record of losing good, popular players with gas still in the tank probably had something to do with it.

  5. buds4grant says: Jul 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    Superman GM incoming. Never dive for a loose ball in the SB.

  6. greg3117 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:35 PM

    Didn’t see that coming.
    I’m sure Steve Smith is dancing in the streets!

  7. nhpats says: Jul 17, 2017 12:35 PM

    Gettleman would have at least tried to recover that fumble…

  8. cb28031 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Now we know Richardson is not right……

  9. edsales87 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Panthers are going to regret this move.

  10. classclown71 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Wow! Perhaps now Steve Smith will retire a Panther.

  11. kane337 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Panthers to be last in the NFC South again?

  12. mogogo1 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Paying big bucks to aging veterans is no way to stay on top. This guy got fired for trying to save the Richardson from himself.

  13. pantherfan4life says: Jul 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    Did not see this coming

  14. superpunky5 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:38 PM

    Riverboat Ron next??

  15. wrlegrand says: Jul 17, 2017 12:38 PM

    This is primarily about Olsen wanting a new contract I think. Gettleman was vacationing last week. Meanwhile, the franchises most reliable pass catcher is wanting to up his deal and cannot get a call.

  16. uglydingo says: Jul 17, 2017 12:38 PM

    Maybe last year’s slide in the division had more to do with Cam Newton than blaming GM Gettleman. The great thing about being a billionaire owner is that you can fire anyone you want without giving a reason and still make more money.

  17. nflcommissioner says: Jul 17, 2017 12:38 PM

    I’m sure he was playing hard ball with the aged Vets on their contract extensions. Didn’t sit well with the coaches and players.

  18. glenuendo says: Jul 17, 2017 12:39 PM

    It’s a weird time for this to come down the pike.

  19. finnymcphin says: Jul 17, 2017 12:40 PM

    Somewhere Steve Smith is smiling.

  20. motsuret06 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:40 PM

    Outstanding call by The Big Cat. I never liked Gettleman from the beginning and did not like the coarse way he got rid of Jordan Gross, Steve Smith, and Deangelo Williams. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you in the you know here on your way out the door. Karma is karma and you know what they say about payback.

  21. 700levelvet says: Jul 17, 2017 12:40 PM

    Seems he did a decent job…isn’t that the mantra of every GM in a business, keep costs down?

  22. motsuret06 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:42 PM

    Goodbye and Good Riddance and don’t let the door hit you you know where when you exit the building. Karma is karma.

  23. simplec72 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:42 PM

    Faxing my resume now!

  24. shackdelrio says: Jul 17, 2017 12:47 PM

    So the Chiefs, Panthers and Redskins have all fired their GM’s that helped lead them to playoff appearances within the past two seasons.

    But the Jaguars haven’t the fired the one that has a 15-49 record since 2013?

  25. pantherpro says: Jul 17, 2017 12:49 PM

    I guess Jerry found out that Gettleman didnt like Trump like all the other slave owners in the NFL

  26. skoobyfl says: Jul 17, 2017 12:49 PM

    Buffalo might win a 3rd game this season.

  27. mataug says: Jul 17, 2017 12:49 PM

    This is after they let Beane leave lol

  28. Taurus says: Jul 17, 2017 12:51 PM

    Man this is foul!!

  29. burtmustin says: Jul 17, 2017 1:02 PM

    Bill Polian is available for a return . He has experience in creating a roster that will position the team for a top draft pick.

  30. aldavis4president says: Jul 17, 2017 1:03 PM

    No consistency the past 4 years. Drafting mcaffery was probably the last straw. The franchise qb is getting beat up every other play, and he gets a scatback. They could’ve got the best OL in the draft at that spot, they could’ve got the best CB in the draft. They could’ve got dalvin cook or Joe mixon in the 2nd. Good riddance.

  31. iloveyourwifetoo says: Jul 17, 2017 1:04 PM

    Buffalo is looking pretty Smart Now !!!!!..Beane was suppose to take over,Probaly sooner than Later..But he knew it was a sinking ship..Shuffled off to Buffalo..Smart move !!!!!.. One good season in weakest division !!!…This franchise is a joke !!!Move it to Toronto !!!

  32. trollaikman8 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:05 PM

    1 year wonder. Good riddance.

  33. tiger767 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:06 PM

    This is Big!!!

  34. hamlet423 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:09 PM

    Rather strange timing for a GM fire….

    But this is the same owner that insulted Peyton Manning during CBA negotiations (and also Drew Brees), saying both were not smart enough to handle it.

    So who knows?

    I would think it would be easier to tell the GM to take care of Gregg Olson than fire the GM…but …

  35. kcflake says: Jul 17, 2017 1:09 PM

    Wow. I thought it was weird when the Chiefs fired Dorsey, and now another NFL team does the same.

  36. milkcan44 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:15 PM

    Richardson one of the tougher owners to work for.

  37. FraggleJones says: Jul 17, 2017 1:21 PM

    Paving the way for Deangelo Williams to go back to Carolina.

  38. scrotiemcb says: Jul 17, 2017 1:37 PM

    In a day and age of instant gratification, he gave us our first half season NFL Dynasty.

    Gettleman was so dreamy and geniusy that the great Carolina Dynasty of ’15 rolled for 6 to 8 glorious weeks before a team starting a whiff of a corpse at QB embarrassed them in a game not clearly as close as the final score.

    Ah, those were the days. A star fell so bright and hot that it winked out before it coul illuminate the Universe and all that. The genius Dave Gettleman was that star.

  39. carolinakd says: Jul 17, 2017 1:39 PM

    There’s something behind this. Something big enough to fire him after Beane left.

  40. bam5239 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:46 PM

    I thought Dave had done a decent job…..

  41. xavier179 says: Jul 17, 2017 1:52 PM

    Panthers now return to mediocrity.

  42. chaseutley says: Jul 17, 2017 2:00 PM

    Long overdue. Gettleman is clown shoes.

  43. jburns9999 says: Jul 17, 2017 2:06 PM

    xavier179 says:
    Jul 17, 2017 1:52 PM
    Panthers now return to mediocrity.

    They left?

  44. gohawks7 says: Jul 17, 2017 2:08 PM

    It’s news like this that gives me hope that one day soon there will be a headline….

    Seahawks fire OC Darrell Bevell

  45. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 17, 2017 2:08 PM

    Every now and then, Jerry Richardson does something to remind us that he is the worst owner in the NFL. Spanos must love him!

  46. collectordude says: Jul 17, 2017 2:08 PM

    Fired because he couldn’t acquire a decent QB.

  47. denrec says: Jul 17, 2017 2:23 PM

    Before joining Carolina, Gettleman spent nearly 30 years in NFL scouting departments. Overall, Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, and the New York Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011 before adding another appearance with Carolina in 2015. The Broncos, and 2007 and 2011 Giants won the championship. Gettleman has been associated with 16 playoff teams in his NFL career.

    Worst firing in Panthers short history…

  48. whodat5150 says: Jul 17, 2017 2:24 PM

    Sounds like this guy was the reincarnation of A.J. Smith; former Chargers GM. Smith knew how to evaluate talent but pissed off and lost needed players with his “you WILL take what I’m offering” attitude. It took the Chargers losing several talented players but the Spanos’ finally wised up and fired Smith.

    @Hamlet423, who knows but MAYBE the owner had to intervene too many times in the past, telling Gettleman to pay needed players and he got tired of having to do so.

  49. Seprix says: Jul 17, 2017 3:07 PM

    Tons of ex-Panthers like DeAngelo and Steve Smith are blasting him too. Maybe he just has a terrible personality.

  50. jxt2521 says: Jul 17, 2017 3:45 PM

    I’ve heard him on the radio a few times and seemed smart and really cool. I think he will learn from this and adjust his style in his next GM stop… and another shot at GM is very likely with the success he has had throughout his career.

  51. chrisk61 says: Jul 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    mr richardson,

    i have just the guy for ya


    or train rex ryan…he is ready to make jump to GM

    come on suckah…take the bait

  52. docsmith54 says: Jul 17, 2017 4:19 PM

    Imitating Belichick, even in one particular way, can get you fired. But the Panthers’ real problem is at QB.

  53. screwmemean says: Jul 17, 2017 4:23 PM

    Denver broke Carolina in SB 50. They have never been the same.

  54. realfootballfan says: Jul 17, 2017 4:28 PM

    The common theme for him and Dorsey seems to be that they didn’t get the people skill part of the job, which is a big thing for both of these owners from my understanding. One thing that I did point out after they made it to the Super Bowl is that Gettleman seemed to start feeling himself a bit much with more talking than early on when he was quiet.

  55. 1historian says: Jul 17, 2017 5:00 PM

    “Organizations win championships”. – Jerry Krause

  56. scoreatwill says: Jul 17, 2017 5:54 PM

    Don’t know anything about the Panthers but if the owner is concerned about the happiness of veteran favorites they are headed for “cap hell”.
    Maybe Beane knew something was not right and decided to get out of town rather then be shoved into a position of no win by replacing Gettleman.

  57. yoursoulcollector says: Jul 17, 2017 6:25 PM

    The Panthers are in total turmoil. Hopefully, in training camp they can learn to shed their fear and dive on a live football.

  58. richabbs says: Jul 17, 2017 9:16 PM

    This coming year will likely be the Panthers’ last chance at a Super Bowl, since whoever gets the new GM gig will be forced to give out some bad contracts that will kill the Panthers’ depth. Look for Hurney to come back to be Richardson’s lap dog.

  59. richabbs says: Jul 17, 2017 9:16 PM

    This coming year will likely be the Panthers’ last chance at a Super Bowl, since whoever gets the new GM gig will be forced to give out some bad contracts that will kill the Panthers’ depth. Look for Hurney to come back to be Richardson’s lap dog.

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