Something is off in Carolina today. Something went wrong because moves such as the one that the Panthers made today don’t usually occur just prior to training camp.
Moves such as the one that the Panthers made today shouldn’t be as confusing as the one that they made is.
The Panthers have announced that they have relieved Dave Gettleman of his general manager duties, according to team owner Jerry Richardson.
“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Gettleman of his duties as general manager,” Richardson said in a press release Monday.
“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.”
The move is odd due to it’s timing.
The Kansas City Chiefs also made an abrupt move when they parted ways with General Manager Glen Dorsey back in June.
The Panthers official website noted Gettleman’s accomplishments in the NFL:
Before joining Carolina, Gettleman spent nearly 30 years in NFL scouting departments. Overall, Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, and the New York Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011 before adding another appearance with Carolina in 2015. The Broncos, and 2007 and 2011 Giants won the championship. Gettleman has been associated with 16 playoff teams in his NFL career.
Ex-Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Fined $2.75 Million
The National Football League has announced a fine levied on former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson after finding allegations of workplace misconduct were substantiated.
Per the announcement, most of the funds from the fine will be used to support “organizations dedicated to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside of the workplace.”
Richardson owned the Panthers from the time of their inception up until their sale earlier this year. The 81-year old announced his intention to sell the team following the scathing report from Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Werthem and Viv Bernstein exposed sexual harassment and racism allegations against Richardson.
Panthers’ Torrey Smith Said NFL ‘dropped the ball’ With New Anthem Policy
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith is not a fan of the leagues new rule that requires players to either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room, saying that the league has “dropped the ball”.
Smith believes that the new policy could have a negative impact as he believes that it can lead to more problems and more protests.
“When you see reactive policy … I always think that’s a problem,” Smith said on Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Especially when the message has been changed and guys aren’t against the military and they’ve been protesting for what [Colin] Kaepernick originally started, against [police] brutality.
“It almost makes it seem like a guy like Kaepernick and Eric Reid and guys who started it originally, like what they did was in vain, like they were villains. That’s not the case.”
“You’re disappointed but not surprised,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, the league is about money, it’s a business. To try to silence those guys when they’re trying to do the right thing for our country, I don’t know what to say about it.
“It could stir things up, which is a problem. Because you’re stirring things up because you’re being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players.”
David Tepper Expected To Sign Purchase Deal For Panthers
Current Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper is exepcted to to sign a purchase deal that will make him the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, a move that have been rumored for some time, according to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Adam Schefter.
The report indicates that the total sale price for the Panthers franchise will be $2.2 billion which will set a record for the highest sale price for an NFL team, surpassing the $1.4 billion pricetag that the Buffalo Bills were sold for back in 2014.
The deal would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22, and will need approval from the NFL financial committee and then three-fourths approval from the 32 owners to finalize.
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