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Panthers fire GM Marty Hurney

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The Washington Football Team's Week 16 opponent appears to be on the hunt for a new general manager as well.

The 4-10 Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney Monday morning after roughly 13 years with the organization. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first to report the news.

Hurney began his tenure as Carolina's general manager in 2002, helping them reach the Super Bowl in 2003 and participating in the hiring of Ron Rivera in 2011. Hurney was relieved of his duties in 2012 and was then brought back in 2017 for the final three seasons of Rivera's run with the Panthers. 

With new head coach Matt Rhule wrapping up his first season in Carolina, the franchise is moving on from Hurney. The lead candidates to replace him are Patriots' director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Saints assistant GM Jeff Ireland, Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson, and Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds, per Rapoport.

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Washington is also searching for a new general manager and has already brought in a number of former Panthers officials following Rivera's hiring last winter. Hurney has DMV roots as well, hailing from Olney, MD and attending Catholic University in Washington D.C.

Washington vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith has served as "acting GM" following Bruce Allen's dismissal but hasn't had his title changed. If Smith isn't named Washington's general manager, it's possible other teams reach out to interview him for their GM opening.