Report: Dave Gettleman the favorite to be New York Giants’ next GM

Less than a week after cleaning house by firing Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the New York Giants have apparently zeroed in on hiring Dave Gettleman as their next general manager.

According to both Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Giants are going to be thorough in their search, but Gettleman is the heavy favorite to land the job.

“Gettleman was the Giants’ pro personnel director from 1999 to 2012, before leaving to become the Panthers’ general manager,” Schefter wrote. “The Panthers fired him on the eve of training camp in July. The Giants still think highly of Gettleman. Many around the league believe he is the favorite to land the job, but the Giants would like to speak with others, as their scheduled interview with [John] Dorsey indicated.”

“Co-owners Mara and Steve Tisch almost always hire individuals with ties to the organization, and Gettleman has that,” Rapoport wrote. “He was the Pro Personnel Director and the Senior Pro Personnel Analyst with the Giants until Carolina hired him away in 2013.”

Gettleman served as a pro personnel executive for the Giants from 1999-2012 before being hired as the Carolina Panthers’ GM.

In Carolina, Gettleman took a struggling team that was in a disastrous salary cap situation and turned them into a perennial contender in the NFC.

The Giants are still expected to interview other candidates. But with their preference being to hire a GM before hiring their next head coach, they may opt to move quickly on Gettleman.

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