Dave Gettleman is expected to step down as Giants GM after this season, his fourth in the role, and the organization may again be looking inward to fill its top front office post.
Kevin Abrams, the team’s assistant GM, will be a strong contender to succeed Gettleman, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports notes. While the Giants’ past hires would not paint an Abrams rise as a big surprise, the team continuing business as usual after the past five seasons would be a controversial strategy.
A Giants staffer since 1999, Abrams has established a versatile skillset. The Giants hired him as a cap analyst early during Ernie Accorsi‘s GM stay. Abrams has since been the team’s assistant GM for the past 20 years, working under Accorsi, Jerry Reese and Gettleman. The Giants interviewed Abrams for the job in 2017 but opted to go with Gettleman, who was a longtime Giants staffer before taking over as the Panthers’ GM in 2013.
Ownership views Abrams as a “very worthy” in-house option, per La Canfora. The Giants’ three previous GMs have worked with the team before being tabbed to lead the front office.
Reese was with the Giants for 13 seasons before being promoted to GM. Gettleman was on staff for 15 years, from 1998-2012, before heading to Carolina. Even Accorsi, who had GM experience prior to coming to New York, was the team’s assistant GM for four years before taking over. Abrams worked extensively with all three. He interviewed for the Lions job that went to Bob Quinn in 2016 but has not been connected to any other outside positions since.