Josh Norman reacts to Panthers firing Dave Gettleman

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One of the top stories in the NFL last year came when Dave Gettleman made the decision to rescind Josh Norman‘s franchise tag, ushering him into free agency belatedly.

The Carolina Panthers fired Gettleman after a mostly successful four-year tenure on Monday. Now with the Washington Redskins on a record cornerback deal, Norman appeared to join in the chorus of those surprised by the move. Although, it kind of looks like he knows he may have been involved in one of the decisions that led to Jerry Richardson firing Gettleman.

Steve Smith, whom Gettleman did not choose to re-sign in 2014, chimed in after learning of this news.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports Richardson wasn’t pleased with Gettleman’s choice regarding Norman, whom a previous Panthers regime drafted in 2012. It certainly makes for an interesting time to can a GM, in July after a run of three playoff berths in four years. And if Norman’s exit factored in, it certainly serves as a seminal moment in Panthers history.

Not to be left out, former Panthers and current free-agent running back DeAngelo Williams added his two cents as well while seemingly changing his mind just like that.

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