At first glance, there are currently five general manager positions in the NFL, and the Carolina Panthers are the last. But in fact, there are six.
According to sources, the Washington football team is planning to hire General Motors at the end of the season, which is a continuation of the plan since head coach Ron Rivera was hired. The process will begin in earnest at the end of the season, but it is expected to speed up the search.
Kyle Smith, the vice president of player personnel, has been working with Rivera since being hired to handle assessments and actions when Rivera has the final say. Washington seems to be seeking a more experienced voice.
The names expected to be considered and interviewed include: former Texas state general manager Rick Smith, 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew, and former Panthers general manager Marty Helney.
After the dismissal of Herney in Carolina, Rivera was asked this week that the two who had worked with the Panthers for many years might reunite.
Rivera said: “I will not talk about our General Motors situation.”