Giants Rumors: GM Dave Gettleman Unlikely to Return for 2022; Kevin Abrams Linked

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2021

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman walks on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Cleveland. The Browns won 17-13. (AP Photo/David Richard)
AP Photo/David Richard

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is reportedly unlikely to return for the 2022 season. 

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported it's possible Gettleman, 70, chooses to retire rather than being formally fired. Regardless, it's highly unlikely Gettleman returns for a fifth season running the Giants' front office.

The Gettleman era in New York has been nothing short of a disappointment and arguably an outright failure. The franchise has failed to replenish its roster with elite talent despite having three top-10 picks and trading out of the No. 11 pick in 2021. Saquon Barkley's promising career has been derailed by injuries, Daniel Jones has never looked the part of a franchise quarterback, and the nascent careers of Andrew Thomas and Kadarius Toney have also been riddled with injuries.

The Giants (3-7) are almost certainly headed toward their fourth straight losing season under Gettleman. Changes already began in earnest this week when the team fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Head coach Joe Judge, considered a questionable choice when Gettleman hired him, could also be on the hot seat this offseason.

The Giants hired Judge after firing Pat Shurmur following an unsuccessful two-year tenure.

Gettleman has been part of the Giants organization for 19 of the last 24 years. He worked 15 years in the team's front office before joining the Carolina Panthers as general manager from 2013 to 2017.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Giants vice president of football operations and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams could be in line to replace Gettleman.