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.

59 responses to “Panthers boot G.M.Dave Gettleman

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 !!!

  12. 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 …

  13. 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.

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

    They left?

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

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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