The Washington Football Team is reportedly finalizing a deal to fill its vacant general manager position with former Carolina Panthers executive Marty Hurney, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay confirmed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first to report the news.
Once the deal is completed, the hiring of Hurney reunites him with Ron Rivera, who spent the better part of four seasons working with the Washington head coach in Carolina when Rivera held that same role with the Panthers.
Here's everything you need to know about Washington's newest front office member.
Hurney's career actually began in Washington, where he worked in the public relations department for two seasons from 1988-1989. Hurney would then leave the nation's capital for the west coast, where he would spend the next eight years as an assistant general manager for Bobby Beathard with the then-San Diego Chargers.
In 1998, Hurney would return to the east coast, taking a job with the Panthers as the club's Director of Football Administrations. Hurney would only hold that title for one season, though, before being promoted to Carolina's Director of Player Operations.
After three seasons in that role, which was basically the de-facto general manager, Hurney was formally named Carolina's GM ahead of the 2002 season. In his second year with that title, the Panthers would finish with an 11-5 record and ultimately make the Super Bowl, losing to Tom Brady and the Patriots.
In 2011, following a 2-14 season, Hurney would hire Rivera as the Panthers head coach. The two would also select quarterback Cam Newton first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Hurney would serve as Carolina's general manager until Oct. 22, 2012, when he was fired following a 1-5 start to the season. In January of 2013, Dave Gettleman was hired to replace him.
Although Hurney was no longer Carolina's general manager, his impact on the organization was evident during the team's Super Bowl run in 2015. Hurney was responsible for the drafting of Newton and All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina's two best players on that 15-1 team.
Following the July 2017 firing of Gettleman, the Panthers re-hired Hurney to serve as the team's interim general manager. Hurney was briefly placed on administrative leave in February of 2018 following harassment accusations from his ex-wife but was reinstated after the league's investigation found him not guilty.
Upon reinstatement, the Panthers named Hurney their full-time general manager once again, a position he would serve until December of last year when he was fired by owner David Tepper and head coach Matt Rhule.
After Hurney's firing, Rivera was asked about the prospect of bringing in Hurney to Washington. The head coach gave a glowing review of his former colleague.
“As far as Marty Hurney is concerned, I really appreciated working with him. He’s a very hard worker and a very bright man. He knows the game. If you look at what he helped us build in Carolina when he helped us build our run, it’s pretty impressive. He pretty much put a lot of pieces into place,” Rivera said.
Now, the two will reunite in Washington once again.