As expected, the Carolina Panthers hired interim general manager Marty Hurney to the full time role…
Marty Hurney has officially been announced as the general manager for the Carolina Panthers. After serving in an interim role during the entire 2017 season and recently being placed on leave and under an NFL investigation for misconduct, Hurney is again at the helm of the Panthers personnel department.
Serving in the same capacity from 2002-2012, Hurney was replaced by Dave Gettleman after the team struggled to begin his final season. Inheriting a team with a serious cap problem, Gettleman reworked the finances for Carolina while making some tough decisions along the way. Ultimately, it is widely believed that his unwillingness to sign veteran players to significant contracts led to his dismissal prior to the beginning of training camp this past season.
Hurney was hired as an interim, filling in for the man who had replaced him just five years earlier. Immediately, the interim general manager began making long-term type moves both extending offensive lineman Trai Turner and trading away former first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin in the middle of the season.
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Almost initially it appeared that Hurney would be the full-time replacement, even as the Panthers interviewed other candidates. However, amid the recent workplace misconduct allegations for former owner and founder Jerry Richardson, news of harassment from Hurney’s ex-wife led to a paid suspension.
The NFL conducted a quick investigation and Hurney was recently reinstated before having the interim tag lifted from his title. As the NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin next week, the Panthers can now move forward with their personnel plans in place.
The move to make Hurney general manager for a second time will be met with mixed emotions from fans as it should be. He does have a history with the organization and tendency to nail first-round picks. However, his proficiency following the opening round and inability to control the salary cap are both eyebrow raising points of concern.
Ones that should be closely monitored by whoever the next individual is to sign the paychecks.