Carolina Panthers general manager relieved of his duties

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In a shocking development nine days before training camp, the Panthers fired their general manager, Dave Gettleman, on Monday.

"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have chose to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager", Richardson told the Panthers official website.

"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have chose to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as General Manager", owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement.

His mindset has apparently changed, although the Panthers might not need the veteran running back after selecting Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 National Football League draft.

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Though Gettleman played a large role in building Carolina's 2015 team, which went 15-1 before losing the Super Bowl to the Broncos, his time in Charlotte was also marked by feuds with star players. Carolina became the first team in NFC South history to win the division title in consecutive years.

Smith, arguably the franchise's most popular player, never took the move well.

Josh Norman and Steve Smith Sr. both expressed their feelings in different ways, but Williams calling Gettleman a "snake" certainly tops the cake.

Despite those pleas, some of which got awfully intense, Norman is only entering the second year of a five-year contract with the Redskins and should remain in the Burgundy and Gold for a while. "Dave I know how you feel".

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