Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that one name making the rounds in some league circles as the “most likely” candidate for the Giants’ GM vacancy is former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman.
Before taking over the Panthers GM position, Gettleman spent more than a decade with the Giants, so there is a history between the two parties. Florio points out that hiring Gettleman would mesh with the “insular nature” of the Giants organization and give them a GM that they’re familiar with, as opposed to hiring an external candidate.
According to Florio, some believe former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi will essentially be making this hire for New York and they could actually hire Gettleman right now because he’s currently without a team.
The overall expectation is that the Giants will hire a GM first before turning their attention to finding their next head coach. Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that the Giants have already begun this process, so you can expect more names to surface in the coming days with interviews likely being set up in coming weeks.
Gettleman, 66, began his executive career with the Giants pro personnel director back in 1999. He eventually worked his way up to senior pro personnel analyst before departing to become the Panthers GM in 2013.Carolina surprisingly made the decision to fire Gettleman this summer, even though he did a pretty good job of not only getting them out of a terrible cap situation but so bringing some quality talent to build out their roster.
During his four years with the Panthers, the team posted a record of 40-23-1, which includes three playoff appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl.
We’ll have more regarding the Giants GM position as the news is available.