Sport Former Panthers players are delighted over Dave Gettleman's firing

00:46  18 july  2017
00:46  18 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Panthers firing Dave Gettleman looks bad now, might look worse later

  Panthers firing Dave Gettleman looks bad now, might look worse later Dave Gettleman should have received a contract extension for his work as Panthers general manager. Instead, he was fired.There was getting the franchise quarterback signed to a long-term contract in drama-free fashion.

The Carolina Panthers have shockingly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, according to team owner Jerry Richardson When news broke of the firing , those former Panthers ’ stars turned to Twitter to rip the already fired GM

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The Panthers made a surprising move Monday afternoon with the announcement that GM Dave Gettleman was fired.

"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."

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While Gettleman had some success during his tenure with the Panthers, including a Super Bowl appearance just two years ago, he didn't exactly get along with all of his players. One player in particular was Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman.

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After an All-Pro 2015 season, it was time for Norman to cash-in a long-term deal with Carolina. The team had initially placed the franchise tag on the CB while the two sides attempted to come to an agreement. When no agreement was reached, Gettleman rescinded the tag, making Norman a free agent.

Josh Norman, Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams © (Getty Images) Josh Norman, Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams

That's when he signed with the Redskins.

“He’d always been nice to me. He always was smiling, cracking jokes with us. But when you’re smiling and cracking jokes, you never know behind your back it’s totally different,” Norman said about Gettleman to the Charlotte Observer. “When it comes down to it, I guess it’s all about money than it is relationships.”

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Another player who didn't leave on good terms with Gettleman was receiver Steve Smith. His words from 2014 about Gettleman were a lot stronger than Norman's.

"He doesn't even have the cojones to tell us to our face [about the release]," Smith said. "We have to hear it from someone else. Then he calls and says it wasn't personal. If the first thing that comes out is 'well it wasn't personal,' then guess what? It was personal."

Naturally, his reaction on Twitter was on-brand as well.

And finally, DeAngelo Williams.

The current free agent running back recently said the Panthers were on his list of teams he wouldn't play for, primarily because of how he was treated on his way out. But now that the head man isn't in charge anymore, he's changed his mind about how he views the franchise.

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At this point we wouldn't be surprised if more players step in with a reaction. These responses are actually part of why Gettleman was fired, according to reports. His players didn't appreciate the way some of the moves were handled, and it's only developed over time.

With training camp just a week away, expect the Panthers to look for a new GM soon. And maybe the next person to hold the position won't upset the players as much.

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