The New York Giants tree of executives is expanding across the league. The Carolina Panthers hired Dave Gettleman to be their GM. Gettleman is well respected across the league and had been with the New York Giants since 1999.
It didn’t come to a surprise to me that Gettleman got the GM job with Carolina. I figured either he or Marc Ross would, and Ross may get another job in the league. Carolina’s GM search was led by former Giants GM Ernie Acorsi.
Gettleman came to the Giants from the Denver Broncos. Before joining the Broncos, he worked for the Buffalo Bills back in the mid-1990′s when they lost three straight Super Bowls. He was a scout in 1998 and then elevated in 1999 to Pro Personnel Director. He held that position to 2012 and in 2012 was named Senior Pro Personnel Analyst.
Gettleman was involved in the Giants drafts during his time with the Giants. He helped make decisions on drafting guys like Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants have been one of the best run organizations in recent years, so it’s no surprise that one of Jerry Reese’s assistants would get a crack at running their own organization.
Here’s what Reese had to say about losing Gettleman:
“Dave is extremely qualified to be the general manager of the Panthers and will do a terrific job,” Giants GM Jerry Reese said. “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 Gettleman and Marc Ross, and couldn’t go wrong either way, in my humble opinion.”
Good luck to Gettleman in helping to turn around the Panthers.