Report: Rivera wants more 'experienced' GM, will hire in offseason


The Washington Football Team wants to add an experienced general manager to its front office this offseason, according to a new report. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that former Texans GM Rick Smith, former 49ers personnel boss Martin Mayhew and former Panthers GM Marty Hurney are all names under consideration.

Additionally, Rapoport said to expect an "expedited" search once the season ends. 

Considering all three candidates are out of work currently — with Hurney just fired last week — the team could already be conducting interviews or at least preparing background information.

It's also worth noting that Washington owner Dan Snyder reportedly spent significant time getting to know Smith before he hired Rivera last offseason, and Rivera and Hurney have an extensive history working together in Carolina.

What this means for Washington's VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith is unclear, but it doesn't sound like good news. 

Rapoport reported: "VP of player personnel Kyle Smith has worked alongside Rivera since he was hired, handling evaluations and moves while Rivera has final say. It appears Washington will look for a more experienced voice."

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Smith has been with the Washington organization for more than a decade. He began as an intern, then a scout, and worked his way up to the top of the personnel ladder in January. He's known for a keen eye for talent and college scouting, and has been seen by some around the league as a future GM candidate, even at just 36 years old.


Rivera refused to discuss the general manager position last week, telling reporters that front office moves will be handled in the offseason. Rivera did acknowledge his appreciation for working with Hurney during their time together with the Panthers.

It's obvious that Washington needs to address the quarterback position this offseason, and now, it's apparent a new GM is coming too.