The Panthers announced Wednesday that Dave Gettleman has been hired as general manager.
Gettleman was the Giants' senior pro personnel analyst last season after serving as the team's director of pro personnel for the previous 13 seasons.
"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 played an instrumental role in their success."
Gettleman will replace Brandon Beane, who served as the interim general manager after Marty Hurney was fired in October.
"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Panthers organization," Gettleman said. "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."
Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Titans V.P. of player personnel Lake Dawson and Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp also interviewed for position.
The way we see it
Gettleman is regarded as a hard-working evaluator who is well qualified for his new position. However, he faces some challenging circumstances right off the bat. It's believed he will need to trim about $12 million off the books just to ensure the Panthers are cap compliant by the start of the new league year, so some cuts and perhaps some contract renegotiating will need to take place over the next several weeks.
He also does not have the benefit of being able to choose his head coach — the Panthers announced Saturday that head coach Ron Rivera would be retained for 2013. It does not mean that Gettleman and Rivera will not work well together, but that is not an ideal situation for any general manager.
It's essential for the general manager and the head coach to be on the same page and share a vision for building their team, and Richardson could be setting his franchise back by not allowing Gettleman to have input on the team's head coach.