The Carolina Panthers announced that they have hired former New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman as the team's new general manager. Gettleman served in his current position for one year, and he was the team's director of pro personnel for the Giants previously.
Panther's owner Jerry Richardson said, "I was very impressed with Dave's experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization. He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and played an instrumental role in their success."
Gettleman, 61, has extensive experience in player personnel, having served in a scouting capacity with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and New York Giants, all of whom made the Super Bowl.
"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization. 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," Gettleman said in a press release.
Giants' general manager Jerry Reece told Michael Eisen on Giants.com, "First and foremost, I'm very happy for Dave and his family. Dave is extremely qualified to be the general manager of the Panthers and will do a terrific job. I'm thankful for all of his hard work and friendship while here with the Giants."
“The Panthers interviewed two of the top personnel executives in the NFL in Dave and Marc Ross, and couldn't go wrong either way, in my humble opinion.”
In addition to Gettleman, Big Blue's director of college scouting, Marc Ross also interviewed for the Panthers' general manager. According to media reports, Ross has also interviewed for the GM job in Jacksonville and San Diego, but both teams that have filled the position. Ross also is a candidate for the still vacant New York Jets' post.
In the case of the Jets' situation, multiple media reports indicate that San Francisco 49ers' director of player personnel Tom Gamble is the leading candidate for Gang Green.
With Gettleman calling the shots in Charlotte, future Giants' unrestricted free agents may be targets to head south when the free agency period begins. Players such as Kenny Phillips, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard and William Beatty could be attractive to the Panthers.