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The team announced the decision Wednesday afternoon after interviewing Gettleman earlier in the day.
He’s been a part of six Super Bowl teams, including three championship squads. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997 and the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011. The ‘97 Broncos and the `07 and `11 Giants won championships.
“I was very impressed with Dave’s experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement. “He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and he played an instrumental role in their success.”
Gettleman is expected to be introduced in a press conference next week, according to team spokesman Charlie Dayton.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization,” Gettleman said in a release. “It is similar to the Giants organization in which I have had the privilege of working the last 15 years and has a lot of pieces in place for success. I am excited about getting started.”
A person familiar with the situation said the Panthers also interviewed Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson on Wednesday. The person said the Panthers Tuesday interviewed Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp for the position. The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Panthers did not announce who they interviewed for the position.
“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.”
Giants co-owner John Mara said, “I have mixed emotions about this. Dave certainly deserves to be a general manager, but I am very sorry to lose him. He has been instrumental to the success we have had.”
Gettleman will have his work cut out for him in Carolina.
He inherits a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005. The Panthers are already $16 million over the projected 2013 NFL salary cap, meaning he likely won’t be able to add many big names in free agency.
Still, Gettleman has experienced success in the NFL.
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