Marty Hurney is the next general manager of the Carolina Panthers.
On Wednesday, the Panthers hired interim general manager Hurney, who was the GM in Carolina from 2002-12, to fill the permanent role once more.
“I have always felt a strong connection to this organization and viewed this job as one of the very best in the NFL because of the people here,” Hurney said in a statement. “Mr. (Jerry) Richardson and Tina (Becker) have been open and honest with me from the beginning, and I am thankful for the trust they have placed in me. I gained a lot of perspective being away and then back in an interim role last season. I feel that I am the best person to help Ron (Rivera) and this team moving forward. We have a really special core of players in place, and I’m extremely excited about the direction we are headed.”
Interviews were held at the beginning of February with multiple candidates, and Hurney was considered the frontrunner.
But allegations of harassment and a request for a restraining order were filed by Hurney's ex-wife, Jeanne and Hurney was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 4. The restraining order was denied by a local judge who cited a lack of evidence, and Jeanne Hurney withdrew the allegations.
An NFL investigation into Hurney and the allegations ensued. Last week, Hurney was cleared by the league and became a candidate for the GM position once again.
Hurney was named interim general manager in July 2017, shortly after former GM Dave Gettleman was fired.
The hiring decision comes just a week before the NFL Scouting Combine and about three weeks before free agency begins.
Becker, the Panthers’ chief operating officer, was involved in the hiring decision, with input from owner Richardson. Richardson is also involved in an NFL investigation after a December Sports Illustrated report detailed allegations of sexual and racial workplace misconduct. Richardson announced the evening of the report's release that he would sell the team, and that process is currently ongoing as is the league's investigation.
“We are very fortunate to have Marty as our general manager after he did an exceptional job in the interim role this past season.” Becker said in a release. “Marty’s guidance and vision helped build the foundation for this team, and his work this season was instrumental in returning the team to the playoffs. We believe he will continue to craft a roster that will win games and contend for a championship.”
This story will be updated.