The Carolina Panthers on Monday announced that Dave Gettleman has been "relieved of his duties" as GM. Gettleman was hired by the team in 2013 and the club reached the playoffs in each of his first three years at the helm. However, Gettleman was on shaky grounds and the organization was desirous of moving in a different direction.
During an appearance on the Know Them from Adam podcast last week, Williams said the Panthers were one of four teams he wouldn't play for next season, along with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.
The Panthers perhaps saw an opportunity to get a general manager like John Dorsey and thought this was the best time to jump at it, or perhaps they have another candidate in mind.
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Richardson also acknowledged the timing is not ideal as the Panthers are scheduled to report to camp on July 26. Steve Smith left in somewhat acrimonious fashion after the '13 season, and Gettleman made the decision to rescind Josh Norman's franchise tag.
Williams, Smith, the Panthers' all-time leading wide receiver (12,197 yards), and Norman, who was released during the 2016 offseason after making the Pro Bowl in 2016, all responded to Gettleman's dismissal on Twitter.
Gettleman spent almost three decades in National Football League scouting departments before joining the Panthers' staff. As a scout and front office executive, he's been part of three championship teams and nine conference champion teams.