Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson wasted no time finding a temporary replacement for fired general manager Dave Gettleman.
The Panthers announced Wednesday they've hired Marty Hurney, their former GM, to be the team's interim general manager. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported earlier that Richardson met with Hurney on Tuesday and that he was expected to be hired as the team's interim GM.
Hurney will be formally introduced as the Panthers' interim GM during a news conference scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.
"Marty is the perfect person to help us in the interim," Richardson said in a statement released by the team. "He worked with us for 15 years and understands the culture we have here. He had a lot to do with the core of our team being in place. I'm thankful that he is willing to help us in this transition period."
The plan is to have Hurney run the team in 2017 while using the coming months to vet full-time candidates, per Pelissero. An NFL spokesman confirmed to Rapoport that the Rooney Rule does not apply for selecting an interim GM. If the Panthers were to interview candidates for a full-time position however, the team would have to comply with the Rooney Rule and interview minority candidates.
"I never lost the connection with the organization," Hurney said in a statement released by the Panthers. "I've gained a lot of perspective and have looked at things in different ways. I think I can help this team in a lot of areas. I think I've grown. And I feel I'm better prepared to come in this time and do a better job than I did over the 12 years I was general manager last time."
Under Hurney's previous tenure, the Panthers made the Super Bowl (2004) and two NFC championship games. He drafted the likes of Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, along with hiring current coach Ron Rivera. He also acquired Greg Olsen via trade.
"He helped establish our core. That says a lot," Charles Johnson told Max Henson of the team's official website. "Marty developed good relationships with the players. With the timing of this, he knows this place. I think it's the right fit."
Hurney's success, however, dwindled down the stretch of his first stint in Carolina. A bevy of draft misses (Jimmy Clausen) and huge contracts (DeAngelo Williams, Jon Beason, James Anderson, Johnson) hamstrung the Panthers' organization at the end of Hurney's run.
Gettleman entered and began cleaning up the situation left behind when Hurney was fired. Some of those moves included parting ways with veterans Steve Smith, Williams and Beason, among others.
Hurney takes over his former team days before Panthers training camp opens (July 25) at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He already has one big supporter in Johnson, who Hurney signed to a six-year, $72 million contract in 2011.