Another name that comes with plenty of intrigues if the Carolina Panthers are looking for a new general manager this offseason is Louis Riddick. He has previous experience behind the scenes as both a pro scout and director of pro personnel and also racked up 94 NFL games for the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, and Oakland Raiders.
Riddick joined ESPN as an analyst in 2013 and has been a revelation in the role. The company moved him to the Monday Night Football team before the 2020 campaign, which is further proof of how well he’s been received on the screen.
One only has to look at the success Mike Mayock has had when he made the transition from TV to the front office in Las Vegas to see how this sort of move would work. Riddick knows the ins and out of football more than most and few would argue the analyst isn’t deserving of a big job somewhere.
If the Panthers are intent on going younger and building from the bottom up, then they might decide that now is the time for some fresh ideas. This is another crucial offseason in their bid to become a playoff contender and appointing a knowledgeable figure like Riddick would be a massive shot in the arm.