Report: If Giants Don't Turn It Around In 2020, Gettleman Will Be Gone


Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will reportedly enter the 2020 season on the hot seat with his bosses.

Responding to a reader’s question, The Athletic’s Jay Glazer on Monday wrote that Gettleman was indeed “close” to being fired after last season’s 4-12 finish but “made a case to ownership to come back. He presented a plan for how he’ll turn it around in a year.”

“That needs to happen,” Glazer wrote. “If it doesn’t happen, he’ll be gone and rightfully so. If he doesn’t follow through, it’s time to go. I would hope that Gettleman has also learned a bit about himself and his interactions with people during this process. Anytime you’re on the hot seat, you have to look inside yourself and say, ‘What’s my responsibility in this?’ and make changes."

The Giants have gone 9-23 in Gettleman’s two seasons leading the front office. The team’s owners elected to fire coach Pat Shurmur after last season but retain Gettleman.

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Giants co-owner and president John Mara acknowledged in a news conference that Gettleman has had some "misses" with personnel decisions, and, "He does know that the batting average has got to increase going forward."

Among those misses were the acquisitions of linebacker Alec Ogletree and offensive tackle Patrick Omameh. And offensive tackle Nate Solder hasn’t lived up to his $15.5 million-a-year price tag.

Also, the decisions to trade Odell Beckham Jr. one year into his megacontract and bring back Eli Manning, who was benched two games into the season, resulted in nearly $40 million of wasted cap space in 2019.

In another move some have found head-scratching, Gettleman dealt two draft picks to the Jets in the middle of a lost season for impending free agent defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Gettleman then placed the franchise tag on Williams, who recorded just a half-sack last season, ensuring the former first-round draft pick a one-year, $16.1 million contract if a long-term deal is not reached by July.

Gettleman, however, has had some success with his draft picks, landing Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley and promising quarterback Daniel Jones in the first round. 

Gettleman’s offseason this year has been highlighted by the additions of former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry, ex-Packers linebacker Blake Martinez and former Patriots and Titans running back Dion Lewis. The team owns the fourth overall pick in next month’s draft.