2:57pm: A fourth candidate is now in the mix. Another ex-Panther starter — tight end Jeff King — is on the team’s interview list for the assistant GM job, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. A former Panthers fifth-round pick who played with the team from 2006-10, King currently serves as the Bears’ assistant director of pro scouting. King and Morgan, who has also interviewed for this position, were teammates for two seasons in Carolina.
2:02pm: Add Jimmy Raye III to the growing list of interviewees for the Panthers’ assistant GM post under Scott Fitterer. Raye is meeting with the team about the position, per Joe Person of The Athletic (on Twitter).
Raye most recently worked with the Lions under Bob Quinn but did not retain his role under the team’s new regime. The veteran NFL executive, however, previously served as the Colts’ interim GM and interviewed for several GM jobs over the past several years. Raye joins ex-Panthers linebacker-turned-Bills exec Dan Morgan and Eagles director of player personnel Ian Cunningham on this interview list.
This marks Raye’s latest interview with the Panthers, though it comes under new management. Before Carolina rehired Marty Hurney as its full-time GM in 2018, the franchise interviewed Raye for the post. Raye, who interviewed for that job during Jerry Richardson‘s ownership tenure, ended up in Detroit and spent the past three seasons there. Four months after Raye’s previous Panthers interview, David Tepper purchased the franchise.
Morgan has an extensive history with Carolina, having played with the team for seven seasons, and with Fitterer; he was part of Seattle’s front office before heading to Buffalo. But Raye has interviewed for GM positions with the Colts, 49ers and Texans. Overall, Raye has 25-plus years’ experience as an NFL staffer — in scouting or executive capacities.