Last April, Dave Gettleman was a part of a very surprising NFL offseason move, as the Panthers GM decided to take the franchise tag off of Josh Norman and let the in-his-prime corner hit the free agent market.
This July, Gettleman again finds himself involved in a sudden change of direction, but this time, he's the one being let go.
On Thursday, Carolina parted ways with their former general manager, who had been in charge since 2013.
Shortly after that news made its way around the league, Norman sent out a tweet that consisted of two emojis but said a lot more than that:
"👀" 🤔— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) July 17, 2017
Despite landing in Washington with a rich contract, Norman hasn't been shy when it comes to talking about how much he enjoyed his time in Carolina, and immediately after the team took his tag away, Norman reportedly called them and offered to sign it just so he could stay. Therefore, it's not a stretch to think he harbors some ill will toward Gettleman for the release, and one report indicates Norman isn't the only one who feels that way:
There had been rumblings that all was not well with Gettleman and owner Jerry Richardson stemming from allowing star CB Josh Norman to walk.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 17, 2017
Apparently, Panthers fans still miss their old cornerback, too. Take a look at some of the responses Norman got to his tweet in which supporters practically beg him to return:
LOL....you know you want to come back with Panthers! #KeepPounding— Smiley (@queetross) July 17, 2017
Unreal. Wish you could come back now lol— Mike Morgan (@GoHeels252) July 17, 2017
I miss you josh— jaire alexander @ 24 pls (@1cameronnewton) July 17, 2017
Just transfer that contract back to Carolina.. The snake is gone!— Thomas Hayes (@FireTom780) July 17, 2017
@J_No24 will you come back and play ball for us please— Lonnie (@lonniehjackson3) July 17, 2017
Plz come back to the Panthers— Jeremy 🌬️❄️ (@Anderson_Era_) July 17, 2017
Can you come back to Carolina now? Please?— Chuck Kuang (@dammitchuck91) July 17, 2017
Despite those pleas, some of which got awfully intense, Norman is only entering the second year of a five-year contract with the Redskins and should remain in the Burgundy and Gold for a while.
However, there is a potential out for the team after this season if for some reason they want to move on from the defender, which is something those lovelorn Panthers fans can hold on to as they continue to swarm into No. 24's mentions.