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Panthers Dismiss GM Scott Fitterer After Firing

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The Panthers have parted ways with general manager Scott Fitterer, signaling the end of his three-year tenure in Charlotte. The team will now begin the process of searching for replacements in both the front office and on the sidelines for the upcoming offseason.

“As we move forward with the new direction for our franchise, I have made the decision that Scott Fitterer will no longer serve as our general manager,” a statement from owner David Tepper reads. “I appreciate Scott’s efforts and wish the best for him and his family.”

Reports from last month hinted at Fitterer’s departure coinciding with the search for a new head coach. Despite receiving a vote of confidence after the departure of Matt Rhule, Fitterer will now leave his position. This makes the Panthers one of the teams with a GM opening, joining the Chargers and Raiders.

Following a disappointing 5-12 season in 2021, Fitterer focused on finding a long-term solution at the quarterback position. This included the trade acquisition of Baker Mayfield last summer. Mayfield struggled during his time in Charlotte and was no longer with the team by the end of the season. The Panthers also traded away running back Christian McCaffrey by the end of the 7-10 campaign, prompting the need for an organizational reset.

One major move towards that reset was the blockbuster trade to acquire the top pick in the 2023 draft from the Bears. The Panthers sent Chicago a package including draft picks and wideout D.J. Moore to secure the top pick and select Bryce Young. However, Young’s struggles and a poor offensive showing led to the dismissal of head coach Frank Reich after only 11 games. Fitterer faced criticism for authorizing the trade and for failing to provide Young with adequate support in his rookie year.

Overall, the Panthers posted a 14-37 record during Fitterer’s tenure, the worst in the league over that span. With the Bears holding this year’s top pick, the path to contention will be challenging for Fitterer’s successor. A top priority for the new GM will be securing the future of Pro Bowl edge rusher Brian Burns, who is due to reach free agency this offseason.

Interim head coach Chris Tabor will be replaced in the coming weeks, and Fitterer’s successor may be Assistant GM Dan Morgan, who is well-liked within the organization. The impact of owner David Tepper’s involvement in the decision-making process and the level of interest in the GM vacancy will be closely monitored.

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