The Panthers, for now, seem intent on keeping GM Marty Hurney in his current role. But they’re likely eyeing VP of football ops candidates like Andrew Berry as eventual replacements for him, Albert Breer of The MMQB writes.
Berry, it seems, has been passed over for the Browns’ GM vacancy. But, even if George Paton is the hire in Cleveland, the Panthers will still have to secure the blessing of the Eagles, who have – so far – been unwilling to let him walk for a position that doesn’t include authority over the 53-man roster.
Here’s more from Breer:
- The Chargers’ decision to keep Shane Steichen as offensive coordinator could be a factor in Philip Rivers‘ future, Breer notes. The two are very close and that could lead both sides to a reunion. But, at the same time, Rivers has “permanently” moved his family from California to Florida and the Bolts also have a potential replacement in Tyrod Taylor.
- Will the Jets be willing to eat a portion of Le’Veon Bell‘s contract in order to move on from the mercurial running back and increase their draft stockpile? Breer, speculatively, thinks it’s a possibility, and the Jets may see this as their chance to take advantage of whatever value the 28-year-old has left. Bell, coming off of a disappointing year, is due an $8.5MM base in 2020 with a $4.5MM roster bonus split between payments in March and October, plus $500K in per-game roster bonuses. In theory, the Jets could agree to pay the roster bonus, dangle him at $9MM to other teams, and eat $4.5MM.
- In line with what we’ve been hearing elsewhere, Breer does not expect the Patriots to retain linebacker Kyle Van Noy or guard Joe Thuney. Speaking of the Pats – we’re hearing that Tom Brady is unlikely to re-sign with the club before the start of free agency.