In the content he spoke, it was said in the past tense. He followed that by saying, something to the effect of no one plays forever. To me, what he said was in the past tense, in a manner of speaking, negative, disrespectful and unnecessary. Smith contriubution to the team, should have earned him the right, not to be treated this way. Gettleman, didn't treat Gross that way. Therefore one can only guess as to what his intent is. I hope that Smith continues to play for the Panthers and retire a Panther.
Maybe it's because he knew GROSS WAS GOING TO RETIRE, and wasn't seeking another big pay day as a still relevant but nonetheless physically challenged, aging receiver like Smith.
I don't think Gettleman spoke in the most careful words. I would agree. But I don't think he was outright rude or dismissive either. He just seemed like he didn't want to answer the question, or give up to much to the reporter, and move on. Or maybe not (if he wanted to send Smith a message about 2014 salary)!?
Smith on the other hand, was seemingly looking for a tussle, since his comments were certainly ego driven and inflammatory with out a professional, restrained, wait and see or clichéd response. It takes Two To Tango. And it's not so clear (as many here think) who was the most culpable.
I think Gettleman wants a restructure or pay cut from Smith, like everyone else. He knows his price.
I to wish he was more self effacing. However, that's not the Giants, and apparently The Gettleman way.