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Big Cat On The Prowl: NFL Panthers Snag Giants' Gettleman As New GM
Published January 10, 2013
GETTING THEIR MAN: ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas noted Gettleman might be "wise to learn from the mistakes" of former Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who was fired in October. The Panthers are in a "brutal salary-cap situation," so Gettleman is going to have to become a "salary-cap wizard in a hurry because he’s going to have to trim" about $15M between now and the start of free agency in March. He is going to "have to be a jack-of-all trades and pull things together quickly because this team hasn't won since 2008 and patience is wearing very thin" (ESPN.com, 1/9). In Charlotte, Tom Sorensen writes Gettleman is a "worker, a grinder and an NFL lifer" who fits the "Panthers prototype." The team's "trajectory needs to be changed." The Panthers entered the NFL in '95 and have "yet to have consecutive winning seasons." This is why Gettleman is "one of the most essential hires" Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson has made (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/10).