Incoming general manager Dave Gettleman conducted his first press conference with the Carolina Panthers, and stressed the need to build through the draft, while doing what it takes to bring Jerry Richardson a Lombardi trophy.

Speaking through a thick Northeast accent, Dave Gettleman was comfortable and relaxed -- not afraid of lightening the mood with some self deprecating humor, while saying that his approach will be very similar to Marty Hurney's. If you were looking for wholesale changes, and huge money in free agency then you'll be disappointed. Gettleman talked of the need to build through the draft, "raise their own", while using free agency to patch holes, rather than build a team.

When asked about the Panthers' salary cap situation, he was non-committal, but clearly knew a little more than he let on. Saying he'd need to look into it more, he didn't indicate there would be huge changes -- not yet. This desire to get a lay of the land continued, as Dave Gettleman spoke about how he will use these initial weeks to "get to know the Panthers family", rather than have lists of potential coaches, scouts, and executives to install.