Johnathan Jones interviewed Dave Gettleman, and asked a few questions regarding Cam, Hardy, Smitty and the receiving corps, as well as Rivera. His answers were close to the vest in regards to specifics of course, but his responses pretty much re-affirm notions that he is fiscally conservative and fair-minded when it comes to contracts. He seems like a man who is willing to compromise and come to a meeting of the minds, but yet refuse to sacrifice the bigger picture by signing a bad contract, regardless of who's sitting at the other end of the negotiating table.
Although I believe that we are in no danger of losing Cam, as G-man seems supremely confident that all parties involves can and will come to an agreement provided that Cam wants to be here, the only thing that I can say with real surety is that Ron Rivera will not enter the season as a lame duck. As for Hardy, G-man acknowledges that the Kraken is a piece of the greater puzzle that will have to be figured out, but at the end of the day all he said is that "We'll see."
G-man also mentioned that he believes that there comes a time in a player's life that he has to determine whether he is going to keep chasing the biggest dollars---being a "gypsy" in effect---in lieu of the stability of being in one place where he can contend for championships, albeit with a more modest deal in terms of money and length of contract.
The most interesting information that I have come away with from reading this interview---because we pretty much knew everything else---is that G-man believes that life after Smitty may include some young players that are already on the sidelines, not that it's a sure thing,
****Edited to include some commentary on G-man's draft philosophy which has been published since****
So, now I am even more convinced that G-man takes a very conservative approach when it comes to drafting receivers high. It's a little disturbing to hear him discuss (in so many words) how difficult it is for a receiver to transition to the NFL and make an immediate impact. It's almost like he threw in Deandre Hopkins and Keenan Allen as afterthoughts, not really believing that this happens too often. It just basically goes back to his old school, conservative ways that may be a little shortsighted in today's NFL. I hope that this philosophy regarding receivers---which seems to fit hand in glove with Rivera's---doesn't hold the team back in the short term unnecessarily.
In regards to his specific draft strategy, I suppose we had better look very closely at what Gettleman does in Free Agency. IF we can land Hakeem Nicks or Alterraun Verner for instance, perhaps we can make a more accurate prediction as to this year's draft strategy. I can almost hear some people saying "damn" after we ink that first deal in Free Agency, while others say "yes".
In any event, G-man pretty much leaves it all on the table, if you're willing to read between the lines. But, like he alluded to the way that Star fell, you never know what's going to happen. Even still, just like you can pretty much take it to the bank that he isn't going to sign a bad contract, you can take it to the bank that he isn't gonna reach for a guy in the draft that he doesn't believe is ready or is a good fit for the team out of some misguided---or perhaps real---sense of need.