Marty Hurney was hired as general manager in the spring of 2018. He begins his 17th season with the Panthers in 2018.
Marty Hurney was named general manager of the Carolina Panthers on February 21, 2018. He previously worked for the Panthers from 1998-2012, serving as director of football administration in 1998, director of football operations from 1999-2001 and general manager from 2002-12. He was the team's interim general manager during the 2017 season, helping the team to an 11-5 finish and a trip to the playoffs.
With Hurney as general manager, the Panthers have made four playoff appearances with one NFC Championship that resulted in a trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two NFC Championship appearances and two NFC South titles.
Near the end of his first stint as GM, Hurney drafted quarterback Cam Newton in 2011 and linebacker Luke Kuechly in 2012. The two players each won NFL Rookie of the Year, making Carolina just the fourth team to have consecutive offensive or defensive rookies of the year since the Associated Press started presenting the awards in 1967.
This continued a string of successful first-round selections for Hurney after he assumed general manager responsibilities in 2002 when defensive end Julius Peppers earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Offensive tackle Jordan Gross, drafted in 2003, became one of the NFL's top tackles over his 11 seasons and is the Panthers' all-time leader with 167 games started. Following in 2004 was cornerback Chris Gamble, who ranks first in team history with 27 interceptions Then came linebacker Thomas Davis, the franchise's all-time leader with 1,086 tackles, in 2005. Next in 2006 was running back DeAngelo Williams, who leads the team with 6,846 career rushing yards. 2008 brought running back Jonathan Stewart, who stands second in team history with 6,638 rushing yards.
Hurney also displayed an ability to multiply picks to strengthen the roster. In 2007, he traded Carolina's first-round selection (11th overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for their first-round choice (25th overall) and second-round pick. Hurney proceeded to take linebacker Jon Beason with the first-round selection and center Ryan Kalil with the second-round choice, and both developed into Pro Bowl players.
The ability to find value was not limited to the first couple of rounds of the draft under Hurney. For example, the Panthers selected future Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman in the fifth round of the 2012 draft under Hurney, who also enjoyed significant success in free agency during his tenure. Veteran free agent signings included running back Stephen Davis, quarterback Jake Delhomme and wide receiver Ricky Proehl, all who played prominent roles on Carolina's Super Bowl XXXVIII team. Through trades he acquired tight end Greg Olsen and long snapper J.J. Jansen. Davis, Delhomme, Jansen and Olsen, along with veteran free agents linebacker Mark Fields and guard Mike Wahle, joined 11 of Hurney's draft choices as Pro Bowl players.
It is a resume that has brought favorable notice to Hurney, who was second in NFL Executive of the Year balloting in 2003 and recognized by Forbes.com as one of the top 10 executives in professional sports in 2007. A year earlier, he earned the same honor from FoxSports.com. Hurney's promotion to general manager in 2002 was the culmination of a 15-year NFL apprenticeship under some of the game's most astute coaches and executives. He originally joined the Panthers in 1998 from the San Diego Chargers and managed the salary cap under head coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert.
He first caught the eye of former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke when Hurney was a newspaper reporter covering the team's championship runs in the 1980s. Developing an association with Cooke, head coach Joe Gibbs and general manager Bobby Beathard, Hurney joined the Redskins public relations department in 1988. In 1990, Hurney moved with Beathard to San Diego, serving as the general manager's assistant with responsibilities that included organizing the scouting department and player contracts and overseeing the day-to-day football administration.
With the advent of the salary cap in 1993, Hurney emerged as the club's specialist in compliance management, earning distinction as both an administrator and negotiator and playing an integral role in San Diego's AFC Championship in 1994.
A native of Wheaton, Md., Hurney graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and began his career as a journalist with the Montgomery Journal in Silver Spring, Md. In 1978, he moved to the Washington Star and worked on that paper for three years before going to the Washington Times, where he spent five years as a beat writer covering the Redskins.