The New York Giants went the familiar route for their newest general manager.

The Giants hired Dave Gettleman, who spent 15 years in the Giants organization, to replace Jerry Reese as only the fourth GM in team history since 1979. Gettleman spent parts of four years as the Carolina Panthers' GM, helping build a roster that made it to Super Bowl 50.

“Given where we are as a team, we thought it was important to bring in someone with experience as a General Manager and a proven track record,” Giants president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch said. “Dave’s experience is unparalleled. He did an outstanding job as general manager in Carolina, and he was vital to our success during his tenure here. Dave is going to bring his own approach to our organization in how we draft and acquire players through free agency.”

Other candidates who interviewed for the job include Giants interim general manager Kevin Abrams, who spent 16 years as the team's assistant GM and who has worked with Gettleman previously; Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross; plus ESPN analyst and former NFL scout Louis Riddick.

Gettleman, 66, first joined the Giants in 1998 and was promoted to pro personnel director within a year. He previously had cut his teeth in scouting with the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos in the 1980s and 1990s.

Gettleman was believed to be the favorite to be named Giants GM, and this possibly could push a candidate such as Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to the front of the line as the team seeks to replace Ben McAdoo, who was fired this season.

In addition to picking a new coach, the Giants are facing other crucial decisions such as Eli Manning's future, picking high in the 2018 NFL draft, the contract situation of Odell Beckham Jr. and the ongoing drama involving former Giants first-round pick Eli Apple.