The Washington Football Team announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as general manager on Friday.
Mayhew, 55, will report directly to head coach Ron Rivera. He brings 20 years of NFL experience to the job as an executive, including eight years as general manager of the Detroit Lions (2008-2015), where he went 47-81 with two playoff appearances, beginning with their 0-16 season in 2008. The Lions produced 10-6 and 11-5 records in their two playoff seasons under Mayhew, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Mayhew first joined Detroit's front office as senior director of football administration/staff counsel in 2001.
Mayhew most recently served as vice president of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers (2019-2020) after earning a promotion as their senior personnel executive after two seasons (2017-2018), where he assisted general manager John Lynch. San Francisco went 29-35 in that span and made a Super Bowl appearance in 2019.
Prior to joining San Francisco, Mayhew spent 2016 as director of football operations/special projects for the New York Giants, who went 11-5 that season. He worked on all aspects of the salary cap, collective bargaining agreement compliance and contract negotiations in that role.
Prior to his career as an executive, Mayhew had a nine-year NFL playing career as a defensive back (1988-1996), which included four seasons with the Washington Redskins (1989-1992). He was a member of their Super Bowl XXVI championship team.
"Martin is a proven general manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization," said Rivera in a press release announcing the hire. "He will be an integral part of running the daily football operations and will allow me the opportunity to focus more on coaching.
"He impressed both myself and Mr. Snyder during the interview process and we both believe he will be a tremendous fit here. He is a man of high character and integrity and was part of the rich history and tradition of this great franchise as a member of the Super Bowl championship team in 1991."
One interesting note on Washington's hire: Only two other clubs have a similar chain of command, in which the GM reports to the head coach. That's the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders, where Bill Belichick and Jon Gruden are the top dogs, respectively.
During his playing career, Mayhew appeared in 118 games with 107 starts between Buffalo (1988), Washington and Tampa Bay (1993-1996), recording 473 tackles, 21 interceptions, one sack and four forced fumbles and was a starting cornerback on Washington's championship team.
As Detroit's GM, Mayhew oversaw the draft selections of future Pro Bowlers in QB Matthew Stafford (1st overall, 2009), DE Ezekiel Ansah (5th overall, 2013) and DT Ndamukong Suh (2nd overall, 2010).
Mayhew is a Tallahassee, Fla. native and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in business management and holds a law degree from Georgetown University. He was selected in the 10th round (262nd overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.