Carolina Panthers release GM Gettleman

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

But while Gettleman's departure from a team just 18 months removed from a Super Bowl appearance came as a surprise to many fans and members of the media, some former Panthers players seemed to relish in the dismissal.

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

"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have made a decision to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager", Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement posted on the team's website.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said the decision was not easy and took much thought.

This July, Gettleman again finds himself involved in a sudden change of direction, but this time, he's the one being let go. The Panthers had won the NFC South his first three years at the helm.

The move came as a surprise to much of the National Football League world, who didn't see the firing coming, especially this close to training camp, which opens July 26, according to their website.

Former Panther DeAngelo Williams had an even more pointed response, calling Gettleman a "snake" and saying the firing meant Williams might again play for the Panthers. The 33-year-old signed a three-year extension worth $22.5 million with $12 million guaranteed in 2015.

Josh Norman and Steve Smith, who also left Carolina with a bad taste in their mouths, tweeted their approval as well, Norman via emojis and Smith with a taunting photo.

"Its Okay! Dave I know how you feel".

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