It appears that Dave Gettleman will be returning as general manager for the New York Giants, so there won’t be a complete housecleaning after a 4-12 season.
Gettleman reportedly walked by a group of reporters (not including yours truly) after Sunday’s season-ending 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and said “we’ll talk Tuesday.”
The Giants have since confirmed that Gettleman will indeed meet with media on Tuesday. That, obviously, would not be happening if Gettleman was losing his job.
The 68-year-old Gettleman replaced Jerry Reese as GM at the end of the 2017 season. The Giants have gone 9-23 in his two seasons.
Gettleman came to the Giants after a five-year tenure in Carolina that included a Super Bowl appearance.
His time with the Giants has been marked by controversial, often franchise-changing, decisions. He presided over the signing of Odell Beckham Jr. to a five-year contract, only to trade him a year later. While his two drafts have proven to be good overall, they were controversial as Gettleman went against the grain by selecting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in 2018 and quarterback Daniel Jones No. 6 overall in 2019.
Gettleman’s free agency decisions, including the signing of Nate Solder to a massive contract, have also been questioned. Gettleman also made a curious trade for Leonard Williams, giving up a third-round pick in the upcoming draft and what would be a fourth-round 2021 pick if Williams, a pending free agent, re-signs with the Giants.
Gettleman has been loathe to call what the Giants are undergoing a rebuild. Much of his work the past two seasons in clearing cap space, drafting a franchise quarterback of the future and trading high-priced veterans has been pointing toward creating an opportunity in the 2020 offseason.
It now appears Gettleman will get to continue that work.
The fate of head coach Pat Shurmur remains uncertain.