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Panthers to interview Marty Hurney, Jimmy Raye III for GM job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers next week will interview interim general manager Marty Hurney and Houston Texans assistant GM Jimmy Raye III for the full-time general manager position, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Buffalo assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson also will interview for the job, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. NFL Network first reported the interview Saturday.

Hurney was hired on an interim basis the week before training camp to replace Dave Gettleman, who was fired by team owner Jerry Richardson.

Gettleman was hired in December of 2013 to replace Hurney, who was fired after a 1-5 start to the 2012 season.

At the time he was hired, team officials said Hurney would help find the full-time GM. Now that he is a candidate, he is not involved in that process.

A committee led by Tina Becker, who was named the chief operating officer last month after the NFL began investigating Richardson for workplace misconduct, will conduct the interviews.

Others beyond Hurney, Raye and Dawson are expected to be interviewed. Team spokesman Steven Drummond said the team has not finalized its list of candidates.

Hurney already has the support of coach Ron Rivera, who said after the season ended with a first-round playoff loss to New Orleans that he would like to see Hurney return to help with the transition to new ownership.

Richardson announced last month he would put the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated story revealed misconduct that included settling financially with at least four former employees to keep quiet allegations of sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur with a team scout.

That process has begun.

Raye earlier this month did not get the GM job at Houston to replace Rick Smith, who took a leave of absence to help take care of his wife as she battles breast cancer. The Texans hired Brian Gaine, who spent the 2017 season as the vice president of player personnel at Buffalo.

Raye, 49, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He went to San Diego State, where he was a wide receiver. He spent one year in the NFL (1991) as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams.

In 1995, he became the quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and began moving up through the administrative ranks with San Diego, Indianapolis and Houston.

The Panthers didn’t have to go through the interview process when Hurney was named the interim GM because of the interim tag. Because they are going through a formal search for the full-time position, they have to follow league policy, which requires organizations to interview at least one minority candidate.

Hurney, because of his support from Rivera, Richardson and some players, would appear the obvious choice to stay on after an 11-5 season. He acknowledged after the season he wanted to become the full-time GM.

“I love what I’m doing," he said. “I just come to work every day with a smile on my face. That’s a big change from the last time."

Hurney said when rehired that he learned a lot about mistakes he made the first time as a general manager. One of his biggest was making what he called emotional decisions and giving veteran players bigger contracts than they deserved.

He vowed not to do that again, saying he has to make sure the “analytical part of my brain takes over the emotional part of my brain."