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When he was brought back as the Carolina Panthers’ interim general manager last summer, Marty Hurney said he was going to do things differently in his second stint with the team. Hurney talked about “making sure the analytical part of my brain takes over the emotional” part when making personnel decisions. He’s putting his money – and creating cap space – where his mouth is. Over the space of about 48 hours this week, Hurney cut three starters, including the franchise’s all-time rushing leader and two players he drafted and paid handsomely during his first run as GM. On Monday, analytical Marty released safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, the edge rusher who was dubbed “Big Money” after Hurney signed him to a six-year, $76 million contract in 2011. Two days later, running back Jonathan Stewart became the latest player to learn that Hurney’s not going to let loyalty stand in the way of roster-building. The … [Read more...] about Panthers GM Marty Hurney promised logic over loyalty. That is playing out this week
Jerry Richardson is keeping the band together as long as he can. In what figure to be among his final moves as the Carolina Panthers owner and founder – although as the past two months have taught us, expect the unexpected with this franchise – Richardson rewarded head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney with new contracts. If the next owner wants to blow up the front office and coaching staff, he or she will have to buy out their contacts. And what’s another $20 million or so for someone shelling out $2 billion for the team? The Hurney deal was finalized Wednesday, although the development has been inevitable since that strange week last July when Hurney was named interim GM a couple of days after Richardson abruptly fired Dave Gettleman. Terms of Hurney’s contract were not disclosed, although deals for GMs typically span at least several years. Rivera received a two-year extension in January that will pay the two-time NFL Coach of the Year a … [Read more...] about Marty Hurney gets Panthers’ full-time GM job, golden parachute that comes with it
Once the NFL found no evidence that Marty Hurney had violated the league’s personal conduct policy, he was re-instated and returned to work as interim general manager for the Carolina Panthers. On Wednesday, the Panthers named Hurney their full-time GM going forward. “We are very fortunate to have Marty as our general manager after he did an exceptional job in the interim role this past season.” Panthers COO Tina Becker said in a team release. “Marty’s guidance and vision helped build the foundation for this team, and his work this season was instrumental in returning the team to the playoffs. We believe he will continue to craft a roster that will win games and contend for a championship.” Hurney served as Panthers GM from 2002 to 2012 before being replaced by Dave Gettleman. When Gettleman was fired eight days prior to the start of 2017 training camp, owner Jerry Richardson rehired Hurney on an interim basis to replace Gettleman. Hurney had been … [Read more...] about Marty Hurney named Carolina Panthers general manager after being cleared
Draft season has sprung upon us, like Jack Nicholson’s face through a hole in the door. Suddenly, we are once again two weeks away from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. Draft season also means the return of mock drafts, and the breakdown of these mocks. Does the player fit? Is he in line with what Carolina needs? Is it a likely pick? Some things to keep in mind: ▪ The Panthers have the 24th pick in the first round of the 2018 draft. They have a second-round pick (No. 55), and two third-round picks (one, No. 85, courtesy of Buffalo via the Kelvin Benjamin trade, and No. 88). They don’t have a fourth-round pick, because they gave it up for former punter Andy Lee in 2016. They have a fifth (No. 152) and a sixth-round pick (No. 183), and two seventh-round picks (the other part of the Benjamin trade and theirs, and Nos. 213 and 216 respectively). ▪ Team needs include (but are not limited to) defensive end, wide receiver, guard, safety, cornerback and … [Read more...] about Mock Talk: Analysts’ Panthers draft projections are out. Why can’t these guys agree?