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I think Dave Gettleman has done a pretty good job so far as the general manager of the Carolina Panthers. Of course with less than one season at the helm under his belt the jury is still out on Dave Gettleman.
It takes two to three years to really evaluate a NFL draft but at first look Gettleman did ok for the Carolina Panthers. I was against taking both Star and Short but the defensive tackle rotation is great now, so that was good thinking. Klein was an absolute draft steal for the Carolina Panthers. Kugbila is probably a dud as is Barner.
I expect that in next year's draft Gettleman will double up again but this time on offensive linemen. Gettleman believes (as I do) that a team starts with the offensive and defensive lines.
That was my major problem with Dave Gettleman this year with the Carolina Panthers. Even after the Panthers got some cap space Gettleman ignored the offensive line which was a major weakness.
Of course getting the Panthers some cap space was good but it had to be done and Marty Hurney would have made similar moves. What I did like from Gettleman was the free agents he signed.
Ted Ginn Jr, Drayton Florence and Mike Mitchell have been really good veteran free agents signed for a good price Rookie free agent Robert Lester has also had some good moments this year for the Carolina Panthers.
Dave Gettleman likes to sign one year contracts when getting free agents. The Panthers get some value there because those guys will bust their butts to get new and longer contracts with the Panthers or other teams.
I think Dave Gettleman probably would have liked to hire his own head coach next year but that probably won't happen now. I think the Carolina Panthers will move to extend Ron Rivera's contract in the offseason Unless the Panthers have a huge meltdown they will make the playoffs and will want to prevent Rivera from being a lame duck coach next year.
It will also be interesting to see how Dave Gettleman
handles Greg Hardy and Cam Newton.