In a roundabout way, the Washington Football Team eventually got exactly what it wanted.
Washington announced a pair of front office additions Friday morning, first naming former 49ers executive Martin Mayhew as its new general manager.
A short time later, Washington announced former Panthers GM Marty Hurney as its new executive vice president of football/player personnel. Both will report directly to head coach Ron Rivera, who has reconstructed the front office this offseason in a way that allows him to focus more on coaching while still overseeing all football operations.
Hurney joins Washington with 28 seasons of NFL experience as an executive, rejoining the franchise where he got his start in the league as a member of the team's PR staff in 1988. He's worked previously with Rivera in Carolina, where he served two stints as GM — from 2002 to 2012, and again from 2017 to 2020. Six of those years coincided with Rivera's nine seasons as Panthers head coach (2011-2019).
"Marty Hurney is an excellent evaluator of talent and someone whom I trust and have worked with in the past," Rivera said in a press release. "He knows the amount of hard work it takes to operate a successful personnel department. Marty has a proven track record as a successful scout and general manager and will be a vital part of shaping our roster. Both myself and Mr. Snyder agreed that he would bring an enormous amount of experience to our operation. It is also fitting that Marty started his career here working for the legendary Bobby Beathard. I look forward to collaborating with both Marty and Martin in the years to come."
In 15 seasons as Panthers GM, including Carolina's 11-5 season in 2017 when he returned as interim GM, Hurney produced four winning seasons with a 114-126 record (.475). He was fired for the second time in Carolina last month.
During Hurney's GM tenure, Carolina made four postseason appearances, winning the NFC South twice with two trips to the NFC Championship game (2004, 2006) and one Super Bowl appearance (where they lost to the Patriots 32-29 in 2004). Carolina's other Super Bowl appearance (2016) fell between Hurney's GM stints.
Notable first-round selections made by Hurney: QB Cam Newton (1st overall, 2011), LB Luke Kuechly (9th, 2012), DE Julius Peppers (2nd, 2002), T Jordan Gross (8th, 2003), CB Chris Gamble (28th, 2004), LB Thomas Davis Sr. (14th, 2005), RB DeAngelo Williams (27th, 2006), RB Jonathan Stewart (13th, 2008), WR DJ Moore (24th, 2018) and DE Brian Burns (16th, 2019).
Prior to being named GM in 2002, Hurney served as Carolina's coordinator of player operations (1999-2001) and director of football administration (1998). Before arriving in Carolina he was in San Diego, serving as coordinator of football operations under Hall of Fame executive Bobby Beathard — the architect of Washington's first two Super Bowl championship teams — from 1990 to 1997.
Hurney began his career as a reporter on the Washington Redskins beat for The Washington Times in the 1980s, before being scooped up by Washington's PR department, a role he was identified for after developing relationships with late owner Jack Kent Cooke, head coach Joe Gibbs and Beathard.
Hurney is a Wheaton, Md. native and attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He also worked for the Montgomery Journal and Washington Star.