If DeAngelo Williams had a dartboard with Dave Gettleman’s face on it, he now would have a line made up of sudden dart enthusiasts stretching around the block.
The former Panthers running back and longtime Gettleman critic, ever since the then-Carolina general manager jettisoned him from the team, offered an I-told-you-so to Giants fans on Tuesday, in the harried hours after Gettleman and the Browns agreed on an Odell Beckham Jr. trade.
“I tried to tell u @Giants fans,” the 35-year-old wrote. “Dave was your problem but u laughed and called me bitter! Well welcome to the salt wagon jump on and let’s ride together lol.”
The feud between Williams and Gettleman dates back to 2014, when Gettleman cleansed the Panthers of plenty of veterans — not just Williams but wide receiver Steve Smith, in addition to rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman — only to be fired just before training camp.
Williams, who was a fan favorite and a Panther from 2006-14, was furious, calling Gettleman a “snake” on his way out.
And when Gettleman made his way back into the Giants last year, Williams warned what was to come.
“He’s your problem now,” Williams told WFAN in January 2018. “That’s exactly what I’d tell [Giants players]. For the vet players that are there now, be very cautious. Once he gets his guys in there, then he develops that relationship with them, and not developing a relationship with the guys that are already there because he doesn’t know them.”
It reads prophetic now, with Beckham gone just days after the Giants let Landon Collins walk without the franchise tag and become the new well-paid Redskins safety.
Williams said last year flatly that he does “not like him,” a notion many Giants fans share right now.