A pictorial timeline of former Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman’s four-plus years with the team. Gettleman was fired on Monday by team owner Jerry Richardson.
January 10, 2013: Gettleman, a longtime scout, gets his first GM job at the age of 61. Gettleman is essentially hand-picked by Panthers consultant Ernie Accorsi, who worked with Gettleman with the Giants.
April 25-26, 2013: Gettleman drafts defensive tackles Star Lotulelei (98) and Kawann Short (99) with the Panthers’ first two picks; introduces Carolinas to the expression, “hog mollies.”
Oct. 4, 2013: Gettleman trades Pro Bowl LB Jon Beason to the Giants for a seventh-round pick.
Feb. 26, 2014: Offensive tackle Jordan Gross (right), with Gettleman in attendance at his retirement ceremony, says he didn’t like Gettleman much after he was first hired (and asked Gross to take a pay cut).
John D. Simmons
March 13, 2014: Gettleman cuts Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time receiving leader. Smith says he learned of his release on the radio and later vows there will be “blood and guts” on the field when the Ravens, his new team, play the Panthers in ‘14.
June 2, 2015: Gettleman signs QB Cam Newton to a five-year extension worth $103.8 million, including $60 million guaranteed. Gettleman says he believes Newton can take Carolina to the “promised land.”
Dec. 6, 2015: Panthers beat New Orleans to clinch their third consecutive NFC South title in Gettleman’s first three years in Charlotte. No NFC South had ever won two division titles in a row.
David T. Foster III
Feb. 7, 2016: Panthers lose to Denver 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
David T. Foster III
April 20, 2016: Panthers rescind the franchise tag on Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman. Gettleman says: “After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable.”
July 17, 2017: Richardson fires Gettleman eight days before Panthers are scheduled to report to training camp.