Carolina Panthers Retrospective
Sources say GM Hurney not going anywhere E-mail
Written by Steve Reed   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 14:55

   CHARLOTTE – There’s been some buzz nationally about the uncertain contract status of Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, but two sources inside the organization confirmed Wednesday what has been expected for months – that he’s not going anywhere.
   That shouldn't come as big news to anyone. Although Hurney’s contract was technically set to expire in June – hypothetically on Wednesday -- and it still remains unclear whether or not he’s actually signed an extension since the Panthers doesn’t announce that information, he was never a threat to leave. And he's still employed by the Panthers.

   According to team spokesman Charlie Dayton, Hurney is on vacation this week, along with most of the team’s coaching staff and the majority of the team’s employees. Most are on vacation through next week and won't return to work until mid-July to begin preparations for the start of training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Players report on July 28.
   Dayton said he had no information about whether Hurney has signed a contract extension, but believes it’s a “not an issue” saying everything is “business as usual” with the Panthers.
   The Panthers, per team policy, don’t typically announce contract information for front office personnel, unless of course they’ve been relieved of duties or have left the franchise, as was the case with Mike McCormack and Bill Polian in earlier years. In fact, the last time Hurney signed a contract extension it took months before the news became public. Clearly that's the way the low-profile Hurney likes it.
   The team doesn’t seem intent on changing that policy if Hurney signs an extension – or even if he’s already signed one. Hurney did not return phone calls on Wednesday.

   Dayton said the comments Hurney made around the time of the NFL draft still stand.
   "That's not a factor. I’m good," Hurney said of his contract status during a pre-draft press conference back in April.
   Extremely well-liked by owner Jerry Richardson, Hurney has spent the last 12 seasons with the Panthers, including the last nine as general manager.