Marty Hurney meets with Richardson about GM job

19 Jul


Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is wasting no time finding a temporary replacement for fired general manager Dave Gettleman.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Richardson met with former GM Marty Hurney on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. If all goes well, Hurney is expected to be named the Panthers‘ interim GM.

Per Pelissero, the plan would be for Hurney to run the team in 2017 while using the coming months to vet full-time candidates. An NFL spokesman confirmed to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the Rooney Rule does not apply for selecting an interim GM. If the Panthers were to interview candidates for a full-time position however, the team would have to comply with the Rooney Rule and interview minority candidates.

Hurney joined the Panthers‘ front office in 1998. He was elevated to the position of general manager in 2002, which he held until he was fired in October 2012.

Under Hurney’s previous tenure, the Panthers made the Super Bowl (2004) and two NFC championship games. He drafted the likes of Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, along with hiring current coach Ron Rivera. He also acquired Greg Olsen via trade. But success dwindled down the stretch.

A bevy of draft misses (Jimmy Clausen) and huge contracts (DeAngelo Williams, Jon Beason, James Anderson, Charles Johnson) hamstrung the Panthers‘ organization at the end of Hurney’s run.

Gettleman entered and began cleaning up the situation left behind when Hurney was fired. Some of those moves included parting ways with veterans Steve Smith, Williams and Beason, among others.

If hired, Hurney will re-take over his former team days before Panthers training camp opens (July 25) at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He already has one big supporter in Johnson, who Hurney signed to a six-year, $72 million contract in 2011.

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