Panthers fire GM Gettleman

Sports Xchange

July 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm.

The Carolina Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman after four seasons, the team announced Monday.

The 66-year-old Gettleman had been GM of the Panthers since 2013.

The surprise move comes nine days before the Panthers open training camp on July 26 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

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

A source told the Charlotte Observer that the firing of Gettleman caught members of the staff by surprise.

The Panthers finished last in the NFC South in 2016 with a 6-10 record after making the playoffs in each of Gettleman’s first three seasons with the team, capping the 2015 season with an NFC championship before losing to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

The Panthers were 40-23-1 under Gettleman’s leadership. Before joining Carolina, he 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 the Buffalo Bills 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 the 2007 and 2011 Giants won Super Bowls.