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Panthers fire GM; ex-players elated on Twitter

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Dave Gettleman effective immediately, the team announced Monday.

The move comes nine days before the Panthers are scheduled to report to training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The team offered no immediate reason for Gettleman's dismissal.

Gettleman parted ways with several of Carolina's all-time best players in wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., running back DeAngelo Williams and cornerback Josh Norman.

Williams, Smith, the Panthers' all-time leading wide receiver (12,197 yards), and Norman, who was released during the 2016 offseason after making the Pro Bowl in 2016, all responded to Gettleman's dismissal on Twitter.

I want to publicly say @Panthers is off my list of teams I wo not play for due to the firing of that snake Dave gettleman!

DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) July 17, 2017

Its Okay! Dave I know how you feel..... #agent89 #stevesmithsr pic.twitter.com/czlwuG92Ck

Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) July 17, 2017

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