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Dave Gettleman Out As GM Of Carolina Panthers

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Ex-Giants personnel man is stunningly out of a job

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With NFL training camps opening in just a bit more than a week, the Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who was with the New York Giants’ personnel department from 1998-2012.

Here is the release from the Panthers, quoting owner Jerry Richardson:

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,” Richardson said. “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.”

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport seems as stunned as anyone else by the news:

Gettleman became GM of the Panthers in 2013. Carolina finished 6-10 in 2016 after making the playoffs in each of Gettleman’s first three seasons with the team. The Panthers won the NFC Championship in 2015.

This is odd, stunning timing. Whatever differences Richardson and Gettleman might have had, why allow the GM to run free agency, conduct the draft and fire him as the season is ready to begin? Very strange.

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