Just minutes after the news broke that the Carolina Panthers had relieved general manager Dave Gettleman of his duties, the former Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver tweeted “Its Okay!” None has been bigger than this.
During an appearance on the Know Them from Adam podcast last week, Williams said the Panthers were one of four teams he wouldn’t play for next season, along with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.
His mindset has apparently changed, although the Panthers might not need the veteran running back after selecting Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 National Football League draft.
After making and losing the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos in 2015, the Panthers struggled in 2016, following up a 15-1 campaign with a 6-10 season. Carolina became the first team in NFC South history to win the division title in consecutive years.
The moves came less than two weeks before the Panthers training camp starts. They slipped to 6-10 a year ago, but it’s downright freaky to drop the axe this late in the offseason, especially after one of Gettleman’s top lieutenants, Brandon Beane, already left to become the GM of the Bills.
Prior to joining the Pathers, Gettleman worked with National Football League scouting departments for almost 30 years.