Risky Business For Dave Gettleman
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I just want to know, who saw this one coming? You could have won a lot of money had you bet after the Panthers playoff loss to the 49ers that the two elderstatesmen of the team, Jordan Gross AND Steve Smith both would no longer be members of the Panthers before the weekend hit for the ACC Tournament. I mean maybe I would have given you Gross, his retirement was not a real surprise to most even though the popular opinion was that he would probably come back for the 2014 campaign at least. But now the shocker of all shockers, the one nobody could have envisioned has occurred. The 2014 off season has seen the release of the face of the franchise in number 89.
Remember all the good will that the Panthers had built up in the city and area with the 12-4 NFC South division winning season of 2013, well that is being chipped away as we speak by the second. There is a lot of discussion on why the decision to release Smitty was made, you can pick out which one you believe (money, distraction, age, etc). Where there should be little disagreement is in the manner that this went down left a lot to be desired.
What should have been a celebration of a great career for Smith when the time was to come for it to end here now ends with fences that need a little more than just mending.
This move now becomes Gettleman’s signature moment to date as Panthers GM. It is to be determined if Dave comes out smelling like a rose or just ends up smelling.