Team owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team's football operations.
The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. At the time of his release, Williams told WBTV Charlotte that he was OK with the team's decision because of the way he and his family were treated when Williams' mother died of breast cancer.
Although he has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams and 16 playoff sides, the 66-year-old has been let go by Carolina.
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Judging by Smith's tweet, there's clearly no love lost between he and Gettleman. But Carolina took a step back last season, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South.
With training camp just over a week away, the Panthers head into the 2017 season with plenty of uncertainty in the front office.
Gettleman also could have shown a softer touch when dealing with players, especially two of the best in franchise history in Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams. Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is also hopeful of an extension, although he has two years left on his current deal. If we accept that as true, Gettleman was sacked for making cold business decisions aimed at winning in a cold business that values only winning.
Richardson did not say who would be responsible for personnel in the interim. Then the Kansas City Chiefs moved on from John Dorsey.