Plot Twist: Washington to hire Martin Mayhew as GM, not Marty Hurney


In a plot twist from previous reporting, the Washington Football Team will hire 49ers executive Martin Mayhew as its general manager, not Marty Hurney.

ESPN's John Keim broke the news Thursday evening, saying that while he's not certain about Hurney's potential role, it is clear that Mayhew will be Washington's GM.

It's unclear at this time if this was always the plan — and something maybe got lost in translation in the reporting from others at some point along the way — or if this latest update represents a change from the initial course.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ian Rapoport reported Mayhew would be heading to Washington as a "high-ranking executive" with a title to be determined later.

A day earlier, on Tuesday morning, JP Finlay reported a deal was being finalized "between Washington and new GM Marty Hurney."

Now it appears, for whatever reason, those roles have been reversed. Rapoport is also now saying Mayhew will be Washington's GM and it is Hurney who will have the "high-ranking" front office role that's to be determined.

Washington has yet to confirm any of the above reports or announce any new front office hirings.

Mayhew, 55, has spent the past four seasons with the 49ers, who made a Super Bowl appearance in 2019, serving as their vice president of player personnel since 2019. Prior to joining San Francisco in 2017, Mayhew spent a year as the Giants' director of football operations after an eight-year run as GM of the Lions.

The Lions went 47-81 with two playoff appearances under Mayhew, beginning with their 0-16 season in 2008. Mayhew first joined Detroit's front office in 2001.