Marty Hurney Agrees to Become Panthers' Interim GM

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is shown at the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Chuck Burton/Associated Press

The Carolina Panthers have finalized a deal to make Marty Hurney their interim general manager for the 2017 season.

Carolina announced the move Wednesday after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the agreement.

“I would not come here if I did not think I could help in the interim,” said Hurney. “I would not come here if I did not think I had the energy, the knowledge, the insight that it will take to help this organization."

“I can only do it one way; full bore, full go. I am interim, and I have that role, but I am going to attack it and do what I think is best for this organization.”

The Panthers fired GM Dave Gettleman on Monday after over four years on the job.

Hurney previously served as Carolina's general manager from 2002 until he was fired during the 2012 season after a 1-5 start.

Gettleman replaced Hurney and helped shape a roster that went 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos during the 2015 campaign.

During Hurney's tenure as the Panthers GM, the team made the playoffs on three occasions and played in the Super Bowl during the 2003 season, losing to the New England Patriots.

Hurney is currently a radio personality for ESPN 730 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Maryland native will serve in an interim capacity while the organization works on finding a long-term successor to Gettleman, according to ESPN.com's David Newton.

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