Panthers unexpectedly fire GM Dave Gettleman

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. The move comes as a surprise despite the team’s 6-10 finish in 2016, primarily because of the timing.

After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in the team’s release. 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.

Steve Smith has the last laugh

Smith, DeAngelo Williams, and Josh Norman all took pleasure in Gettleman’s firing.

Gettleman is the second general manager to be fired this summer, which is unusual. The Kansas City Chiefs also parted ways with former general manager John Dorsey in June.

Brandon Beane, the Panthers’ former assistant general manager, was hired by the Buffalo Bills to fill their GM vacancy in June. Beane would have been a natural choice to take Gettleman’s place, but Carolina will have to go in another direction now.

Darboh was an efficient and dependable wideout for the Michigan Wolverines, and he’ll join a Seattle depth chart that will offer him opportunities as a rookie. The Seahawks need a clear WR2 to step up behind Doug Baldwin, and while Darboh isn’t an explosive athlete, he’s steady enough to fill that role on a team in need of aerial targets.

Kupp is the most prolific receiver in NCAA history, but after dominating FCS opponents through four seasons at Eastern Washington, he has to prove he can get open against NFL defensive backs. He’ll have his work cut out the Rams ranked No. 31 in passing offense in 2016.

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