After flying to Charlotte Wednesday for an in-person second interview with the Panthers, Carolina announced Thursday that Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer has accepted an offer to become their new General Manager. It is a five-year deal. The Panthers were in search of a new GM after Carolina fired Marty Hurney just before Christmas.
The Panthers had whittled down their list of potential candidates to four after interviewing 15. The three other finalists included San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles, and Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort.
Fitterer had been with the Seahawks since 2001 beginning as an area scout. The 47-year-old Burien, Washington native also served as the team’s director of college scouting. He started his career as a part-time scout for the New York Giants from 1998-2000.
“We thought Scott was the best fit for the organization, ” Panthers owner David Tepper said. Fitterer’s name has been tossed around for vacant GM positions the past couple of years.