Panthers cut ties with GM Dave Gettleman

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2017

Just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, the Carolina Panthers made a decision to fire general manager Dave Gettleman.

Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson announced Monday that General Manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties.

The team offered no immediate reason for Gettleman's dismissal.

The Panthers start training camp in eight days. "I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons".

The Panthers, in turn, stumbled to a 6-10 record last season and finished 29th in the National Football League in passing yards allowed.

It's unclear who the Panthers will hire to replace Gettleman, but the timing is certainly odd, particularly with the season so near and the draft and free agency in the rearview mirror. Richardson also acknowledged the timing is not ideal as the Panthers are scheduled to report to camp on July 26. Carolina's decision to let veterans like receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Josh Norman go were controversial at the time, and in Norman's case, widely regarded as a reason the team took such a big step back in 2016.

Whoever is hired to replace Gettleman will be the third general manager that head coach Ron Rivera will have worked with as he was already in his position when Gettleman was hired. As a scout and front office executive, he's been part of three championship teams and nine conference champion teams.

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