The New York Giants began their search for the fourth general manager in franchise history by interviewing Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and former Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.

Giants co-owner and team president John Mara and former general manager Ernie Accorsi, who has been hired by the team to assist in the general manager search, interviewed Ross on Monday. Ross has been in his current position since 2013. He also spent six years as the Giants’ director of college scouting.

On Wednesday, Mara, Accorsi, and Giants co-owner/chairman Steve Tisch interviewed Gettleman. Gettleman, considered the frontrunner according to team sources, spent 15 years with the Giants as a scout, director of pro personnel, and a senior pro personnel analyst. He worked under Accorsi during his Giants tenure and the two have a close relationship.

Gettleman left the Giants to become the Panthers’ general manager in 2013. The Panthers went 40-23-1 during Gettleman’s tenure as general manager, winning three NFC South titles and reaching Super Bowl 50 after finishing with a league best 15-1 record. Quarterback Cam Newton won the NFL Most Valuable Player during the Panthers’ Super Bowl season.

Gettleman was fired by the Panthers before the start of training camp.

The Giants are in search of a general manager to replace Jerry Reese, the man who succeeded Accorsi. Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo were fired on Dec. 4. Interim general manager Kevin Abrams is expected to interview for the position in the days ahead.

ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick is also rumored to be in the running. Riddick played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety. At the conclusion of his playing career, Riddick was a scout and executive for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. He has been with ESPN since 2013.

Other names associated with the Giants’ general manager vacancy include Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Green Bay Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf, and Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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