Olsen: ‘silly’ to say Panthers players got GM fired

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said it’s “silly to think players have that kind of control,” when asked if he believed contract situations for himself and teammate Thomas Davis played a role in the firing of general manager David Gettleman.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has two years remaining on his contract, but has been seeking an extension. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

At the Hoop Tee Celebrity Golf Classic in Charlotte on Thursday, Olsen said his relationship with Gettleman was never contentious. That echoes the sentiment made by Davis, who said earlier this week that it was “unfair” to speculate that the players’ situations had anything to do with owner Jerry Richardson firing the team’s GM less than two weeks before the start of training camp.

Olsen has two years remaining on his current contract, but has been seeking an extension.

“I think anyone who follows theĀ Panthers, and knows our history, knows the guy in charge, that’s Mr. Richardson, and he makes all the decisions,” Olsen told reporters, via the Charlotte Observer. “And he made a decision, with probably some parts that we aren’t privy to. He made a decision that he felt was in the best interest of the team, both in the short- and long-term. And those are the decisions that as players and employees of the organization we live with. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”

While Olsen and Davis may not have played a role in Gettleman’s firing, it is widely believed that Richardson was increasingly concerned about the pending contract situations. In recent years, the Panthers have had awkward partings with stars Steve Smith, Josh Norman and DeAngelo Williams – each of whom tweeted about their pleasure to see Gettleman go.

Richardson hired Marty Hurney as the team’s new general manager on Wednesday.

“I’ve always enjoyed Marty,” Olsen said. “He’s the one who brought me here … so I’m looking forward to catching back up with him. Obviously he knows our organization very well, he knows what we stand for and the way Mr. Richardson wants things done. So, I think it’s going to be a smooth transition for him.”


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