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January 09, 2013

Breaking: Panthers hire Gettleman as GM

The Panthers' search for a new general manager is over after the team hired New York Giants executive Dave Gettleman on Wednesday afternoon.

Gettleman, 61, has a quarter-century of NFL experience and has been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three that won rings – the 1997 Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants.

He worked closely in New York with former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who consulted the Panthers on the search and had two Giants' executives on his list of finalists. Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross interviewed for the job Tuesday.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has long admired the Mara family that owns the Giants and the organization in general.

“I was very impressed with Dave’s experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization,” Richardson said in a statement released by the team. “He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard, and he played an instrumental role in their success.”

Gettleman said he was “thrilled” to get his first GM job.

“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization,” Gettleman said in the release. “It is similar to the Giants organization in which I have had the privilege of working the last 15 years and has a lot of pieces in place for success. I am excited about getting started.”

Terms of Gettleman's deal were not disclosed.

A team spokesman said it might be next week before Gettleman is formally introduced in Charlotte.

Gettleman is one of four known external candidates to interview for the post, all of whom had extensive scouting experience. Besides the two Giants' execs, Tennessee Titans vice president of pro personnel Lake Dawson and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp also met with Richardson.

Interim general manager Brandon Beane, who took over after Marty Hurney was fired in October, also was considered for the job.

 --Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 9, 2013 at 05:25 PM | Permalink



Posted by: deez | Jan 9, 2013 5:33:41 PM

Second !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Jan 9, 2013 5:44:01 PM

I'll take this hire. The Giant organization has definitely been a model for success. Go Panthers!

Posted by: Smitty | Jan 9, 2013 5:50:19 PM

Well I am first with "FIRE GETTLEMAN" , i know you fans will start. all honesty good luck!

Posted by: panther hate man | Jan 9, 2013 5:50:36 PM

I am sure the logical panther fans we have here will give him plenty of time to get things worked out....like 1 year lol. Seriously guys...lets give hime 3 years to draft guys and see what happens before we try and run him out of town.

Posted by: This guy | Jan 9, 2013 5:53:47 PM

Adult supervision in the front office will be welcome.

Posted by: john solis | Jan 9, 2013 5:54:01 PM

Good Luck Gettleman! You're going to need it with the team 16 million over the cap!

Posted by: Todd | Jan 9, 2013 5:56:12 PM

Good hire. If they can find a way to get Norv Turner in here to assist the offense I'll be very happy.

Posted by: White Powder Ma | Jan 9, 2013 5:57:18 PM

Excellent choice!

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 9, 2013 6:00:38 PM

If they got norv turner in here as an OC i would do kart wheels down the field in a skirt while using a hula hoop and playing hacky sack with a 3 legged dog that has 3 eyes...

Posted by: This guy | Jan 9, 2013 6:01:07 PM

or assistant as you stated

Posted by: This guy | Jan 9, 2013 6:01:40 PM

As long as Norv would continue to be the OC and NOT the HC one day Im fine with that!!!
No surprise the new GM is formerly of the Giants Organization....definitely see a pattern here, John Fox, Getteman who else????

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jan 9, 2013 6:10:48 PM

Hope he has an eye for talent...past the 1st Round and can balance the cap without it being too painful. Good luck.

Posted by: Fan (Joe Fan to be exact) | Jan 9, 2013 6:21:59 PM

FAR and AWAY the best choice of the 6 candidates listed in the paper recently.

Frankly I'm shocked that he agreed to take the job but there is no other way to construe this hiring -- a big positive. I really can't remember the last time Boone's Farm Jerry made a good decision but this one definitively was, positive.

Rivera is officially on a 1 year deal now, if he doesn't win at least 10 games and get into the playoffs he is G-O-N-E.


Posted by: Billy Thomas | Jan 9, 2013 6:22:11 PM

Lawrence Taylor for the new LB coach!!!!!!

Posted by: Man Up | Jan 9, 2013 6:22:23 PM

I dont want Norv. Id rather have Chud, Phillip Rivers has only regressed playing for Norv. I think we should give Kevin Greene a look for linebackers coach. He is working for Green Bay as an outside linebackers coach, and switch to a 3-4. And draft either an outside rushing linebacker ie Jarvis Jones or a nose tackle, we would be in a lot better situation. Then we could keep Kuechly and Jon Beason inside.

Posted by: Spaceman Mike | Jan 9, 2013 6:29:22 PM

He will stop Cams pouting and take away the towel

Posted by: Cecil Newton | Jan 9, 2013 6:43:32 PM

Rivera is officially a Lame duck coach ,and Cam has 1 yr to get his act together ,or be sent packing...LOVE it!

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Jan 9, 2013 6:45:50 PM

Cam be sent packing? lol yeah right, idiot. Quit attacking Rivera. I feel he can get it done, if he doesnt then hes gone. No need for all this name calking and whatnot, grow up. The biggest obstacle in having a successful '13 season right now is the cap & personnel, thats now Gettlemans problem, not Riveras.

Posted by: Duncan Hines | Jan 9, 2013 7:02:46 PM

@Duncan Hines yeah no more wins next year bye bye ,and btw what the H^&& is "name caulking" idiot ,so learn to spell with your red koolaid

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Jan 9, 2013 7:27:27 PM

Duncan Hines you dumb fans like you that like to keep coach's and players around like old furniture is the problem like DW he's 29 the shelf life has ran out ,so say goodbye! RB's are like rocks there everywhere grow up son and get an education fool.

Posted by: seenthisb4 | Jan 9, 2013 7:31:48 PM

we are after guys that can keep us competitive, 9-12 wins a year, nobody is perfect...... This Franchise has shown flashes but thats it, would like to be in the playoff mix after Thanksgiving every year....

Posted by: Robert | Jan 9, 2013 7:32:50 PM

Duncan Hines stop your name caulking LOL ,a good spelling test is the best defense VS YOU!

Posted by: John Fox | Jan 9, 2013 7:33:47 PM

Duncan Hines = FOOL

Posted by: John Fox | Jan 9, 2013 7:34:58 PM

Keep your names water proof with caulking y'all here! per Duncan Hines

Posted by: QB | Jan 9, 2013 7:40:35 PM

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