Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman is considered the favorite for the Giants vacant GM position.
Gettleman previously worked for the Giants as their Pro Personnel Director and the Senior Pro Personnel Analyst before departing to become the Panthers GM in 2013. Rapoport points out that Giants owner John Mara and Steve Tisch typically hire candidates with ties to the organization, so Gettleman obviously checks that box.
Another positive for Gettleman is the fact that he’s friends with Ernie Accorsi, who is serving as the Giants’ consultant for the team’s GM search.
Should New York settle on Gettleman as their next GM, Rapoport mentions that they could keep interim GM Kevin Abrams on board, but he will also get serious consideration for the position.
If the Giants do, in fact, settle on Gettleman, Rapoport says that Panthers DC Steve Wilks will get a serious look for the Giants head-coaching job because of his reputation and their history together.
A source tells Rapoport that the Giants would have interviewed John Dorsey had the Browns not moved quickly to get him under contract a few days ago.
If you’re looking for other candidates for the Giants’ GM position, Rapoport lists:
- Nick Caserio (Patriots)
- Joey Clinkscales (Raiders)
- Eric DeCosta (Ravens)
- Don Gregory (Panthers)
- Brian Gutekunst (Packers)
- Will McClay (Cowboys)
- George Paton (Vikings)
- Jimmy Raye III (Texans)
- Eliot Wolf (Packers)
- Doug Williams (Redskins)
- Scott Pioli (Falcons)
- Martin Mayhew (49ers)
This fits with a prior report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk who mentioned that the one name making the rounds in some league circles as the “most likely” candidate for the Giants’ GM vacancy is Gettleman.
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.