Washington finalizing deal to hire Marty Hurney as next GM

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The Washington Football Team is finalizing a deal to make longtime Panthers executive Marty Hurney its next general manager, JP Finlay reports for NBC Sports Washington.

The move will reunite Washington head coach Ron Rivera with yet another of his former Carolina connections. After being hired by Washington a year ago, Rivera — who is said to have full control of Washington's front office for the time being — spent his first year without a GM in place. Kyle Smith assumed those duties after being promoted to VP of player personnel in Jan. 2020. Hurney and Rivera worked together for much of the latter's nine-year head coaching tenure in Carolina.

Marty Hurney previously served two stints as GM of the Carolina Panthers, from 2002 to 2012 and then again from 2017 to 2020. Hurney's first stint resulted in his dismissal after a 1-5 start by Carolina during the 2012 season. He was brought back when then Carolina GM Dave Gettleman — now GM of the Giants — was fired in the summer of 2017. Hurney was fired by the Panthers for the second time in Dec. 2020.

Hurney began his NFL career working in the Washington Redskins' public relations department in 1988. He would also serve as assistant general manager for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 1997.

Washington has interviewed several candidates for its GM vacancy over the past week, including top personnel men for the Chargers and Falcons.