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January 13, 2015

Gettleman talks Newton, Hardy and more

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman prefaced his post-season press briefing Tuesday by saying he wasn't going to talk about contract matters or specific players.

But Gettleman had some interesting insights during the 30-minute presser, and did, in fact, address a few key players who might not be back next season.

A few quick takeaways:

--The Panthers are no longer cap-strapped, but that doesn't mean they're going to target a high-priced free agent such as San Diego offensive tackle King Dunlap.

"Last year we were shopping in the dollar store. I think this year we might be able to move up in class a little bit," Gettleman said.

But then he followed with this: "I said we're going to move up in class, I didn't say we're going to go out and spend big money on a player."

--He did not sound enamored with the play of left tackle Byron Bell this season. And in answering a question about Bell, Gettleman dove-tailed into a brief discussion about improving a team through free agency.

"Byron showed flashes. It's about consistency. I give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt, it was his first year playing there," Gettleman said. "But I think we've shown if a player shows up that we think is going to make us better, we're going to go get him."

--Gettleman wants to sit down with DeAngelo Williams, before saying anything publicly about the status of the franchise's all-time rushing leader.

This is a departure from last offseason, when Gettleman was widely criticized for discussing the future of Steve Smith before talking to the Panthers' popular, all-time receiving leader.

"I need to talk to DeAngelo, I really do. He's a pro's pro, and he had a tough season," Gettleman said. "The obvious loss of his mom was very, very difficult. He only played six games this year, and it was tough for him. Before I say anything, just know he's a pro's pro. And the way he finished the season, he finished it like a man."

--Gettleman still believes Newton is the franchise quarterback and wants to lock him up with a long-term deal. But Gettleman refused to be pulled into a discussion on this one.

"I believe he’s a franchise quarterback," he said. "I just told you that."

--Gettleman wouldn't tip his hand on Greg Hardy's situation, saying until the domestic violence trial is adjudicated there's nothing to discuss.

But when he was asked whether a player's history of violence against women would keep the Panthers from signing him, Gettleman said: "It would be something that you’d have to really think about. How’s that?"

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 13, 2015 at 12:56 PM | Permalink


What great players are you going to let go this year????

Posted by: BUCKGUY | Jan 13, 2015 1:16:10 PM

Almost out from under all the terrible contracts that Hurney left us with. Here's to hoping for a strong offseason!

Posted by: Teddy P. | Jan 13, 2015 1:22:24 PM

Coming from a Panther fan. I would say sign Cam Newton a long term deal and get him a good left tackle along with another good WR's or two you are set on offense.

The defense side of the ball, Panther need a shoutdown corner along with Josh Norman, and if you can bring Greg Hardy back at a good price, the panther are in the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Jan 13, 2015 1:30:39 PM

- Do the Newton contract
- Address O-Line
- Look for a fast Wide-out with good hands to put opposite Benjamin
- Fix Special Teams with a new return man & a new ST coach

Posted by: John | Jan 13, 2015 1:35:57 PM

He's the Marshawn Lynch of GMs. Only talks to media 2x a year. What a joke.

Posted by: Robert | Jan 13, 2015 1:40:47 PM

Here's an idea, make Cam the new left tackle and go get a QB that can hit a wide open receiver. Oh, we already have one in Derek Anderson. Boom!

Posted by: LR | Jan 13, 2015 1:41:50 PM

bring hardy back!! a team full of nice guys does not win the BIG games!!

Posted by: tre'4boi | Jan 13, 2015 1:49:25 PM

Get a QB?! LR how many starters in the league better then Cam? he has shown growth every yr & if anderson was a starter do trust he would have left 3 yrs ago. why you really mad LR? bc he dress better than you?

Posted by: tre'4boi | Jan 13, 2015 1:53:18 PM

Bring back Hardy, sign Cam, go get some free agents (Chris Harris, Randall Cobb, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and J. Pierre-Paul are all options), fire Berstin as return man, and we'll be playing on Feb. 7, 2016 in Levi Stadium!

Posted by: Ced | Jan 13, 2015 1:53:36 PM

What a rude Yankee Gettleman is. Hey Gettleman you may talk to people like that up there, but you don't talk to people like that down here. I'm sure all the players he acquired last year like to be talked about in terms of "dollar store" acquisitions. He should have treated Steve Smith with as much dignity as he says he will treat DeAngelo Williams. He treated Steve Smith like dirt. The only dirt here is Gettleman.

Posted by: GoPanthers | Jan 13, 2015 2:08:04 PM

I did not know DeAngelo's mom died so sorry for him and losing her.

So Gettleman is holding the cards close and we get no info.

I think Steve Smith's leaving was best for him because he is playing better now -- almost like he used too. Plus he does not have that fighting and talking and anger now with Baltimore and I always hated to see that with him on the field and with players. Sometimes people need change to change.

As for Hardy --they should bring him back and if it happens again and nothing is learned or gained then he should go. But players should not be doomed for a first time problem.

Posted by: mac | Jan 13, 2015 2:26:08 PM

Dave Gettleman is doing a great in his short two years here in Carolina.We need to lock in Cam Newton,our franchise QB as soon as possible and add the neeeded parts to make this team complete.I have complete faith that Dave will draft wisely and be frugal in the free agent market. Fans need to realize that even though he improves the Carolina Panthers team this year,there still may be certain areas that need improved or tweeked later on.

Posted by: PantherFanOne | Jan 13, 2015 2:33:35 PM

The Panthers need a consistent quarterback, Newton is not that quarterback, the only reason we got as far as we did was because we played a lot of sorry teams the last six weeks of the season.Look at all of the teams in the last two rounds of the playoffs, there was one common denominator,the other teams had great quarterbacks except for us and the Cardinals,until Jerry Richardson wakes up and realizes this, we can expect the same going forward.

Posted by: Sid | Jan 13, 2015 2:44:41 PM

If Gettleman can draft another group of players like years past, FA may not be as critical. Benjamin, Turner, Ealy, Benwikere, and Boston all played well as rooks. Good young base to build on

Posted by: FirstDown | Jan 13, 2015 2:46:44 PM

Dave, you messed up on Smith, your right on Bell,. You need another fast receiver, and corner back, Williams has lost it??? need a safety, strong linebacker,and QB that can throw the long ball correctly. Thanks and Regards Armanto

Posted by: Armanto Yaniero | Jan 13, 2015 3:02:50 PM

Cam is not the problem. He needs one maybe 2 WR's and a few solid people on the line to free up Olsen more for passes. The big question is if you let Cam go, who are you going to get????? No one as good as Cam. All of the good ones are locked up on long term deals unless you want to trade for Jay Cutler and that's a downgrade. Cam fills the stadium and does a lot of work in the community.

Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2015 3:21:37 PM

@ Sid ummmm i hate to tell you this but Luck is not great. & if you compare stats between him & Cam i bet you cam stats will be equal if not better.

Posted by: tre'4boi | Jan 13, 2015 3:29:45 PM

I am for signing Cam cause he has steady improvement and the teammates like him and they all seem to get along and you really need that unity to get anywhere with everyone playing their position the best they can play it.

Seems like we may have a GM that is going to stack the team till the team is stacked right and working right.

Posted by: mac | Jan 13, 2015 3:38:48 PM

Hard to say Cam's not at a minimum a good portion of the problem when his accuracy has been suspect (pre accident and post accident). Were it not for his ability to run he would really be a less than desirable QB.

Of all the QB's to make the post season this year Cam rated as far and away the worst pocket passer per PFF.

That's very telling of someone that you are willing to hang your hat on for the next 4-6yrs.

Still like the guy, but I am getting tired of the Superman antics when he is far from super.

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 13, 2015 3:41:24 PM

don't overpay for cam. but i have a feeling g-man won't do that.

he'll go for some more bigs in the draft i think

Posted by: tony clifton | Jan 13, 2015 3:46:33 PM

Sorry guys, I have been gone for awhile but I am back now. Tough season but we made alot of strides. I have some BOGO coupons for Cammy Cam juice for everyone. For the first 100 fans, we are giving out samples of Dannon yogurt also. Macy's will also be having a sale on my clothing line soon. Keep pounding!

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Jan 13, 2015 3:50:19 PM

Obviously the Panthers are going to draft an Offensive Tackle in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft.
Next, they need to shore up the secondary by replacing old man Roman Harper.
Finally, another slot receiver should be acquired in the offseason
Gettleman can shore up these issues with the money he has AND pay Cam, too

Posted by: where's Armanti? BWHAHAHA!!! | Jan 13, 2015 4:19:06 PM

Release the Kraken?!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jan 13, 2015 4:32:09 PM

Kraken is innocent. Once he is acquitted from this completely fabricated nonsense, the Panthers should re-sign him. Ealy and Addison are good, but they are not Hardy.

Posted by: J | Jan 13, 2015 4:43:12 PM

Maybe Gettleman can spend a draft pick this year on some class, something he is severely lacking.

Posted by: Ghoul | Jan 13, 2015 4:57:43 PM

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