Possible Front Office and Assistant GM candidates for the Panthers this offseason
Caserio is one of the top members of the Patriots organization expected to leave this offseason, along with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and 1st ballot HOF quarterback Tom Brady. With rumors swirling about a possible McDaniels hire in Carolina, Caserio could be the prime candidate to pair up with him and become the assistant or head GM with Hurney in an advisory role.
One of the next NFL Network draft analysts in line to become a GM in the NFL, Daniel Jeremiah has had experience being a scout for many teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles. With former analyst Mike Mayock gathering in quite the haul (Josh Jacobs, Clelin Ferrell, Johnathan Abram, Maxx Crosby, Trayvon Mullen, Hunter Renfrow) in the 2019 Draft, Jeremiah could be an attractive choice for the beginning of the Tepper Era.
Another analyst from NFL Network, Bucky Brooksis highly regarded as a good evaluator of college and NFL talent on Dave Dameshek's football program, as well as NFL series "Scout's Take" and "On the Beat". He is also the co-host of the NFL Network's show " Move the Sticks" with fellow potential candidate Daniel Jeremiah.
Reggie McKenzie is currently a senior personnel executive for the Miami Dolphins, who was formerly the GM of the Oakland Raiders. During his time with the Raiders, he unloaded hefty contracts for underperforming players like Richard Seymour, Michael Huff, Tommy Kelly, Darrius Heyward-Bay, and Rolando McClain. McKenzie also made the bold move of trading away starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Recent success came with the 2014 draft which came with current starting quarterback Derek Carr, Cowboys star receiver Amari Cooper, and Bears superstar linebacker Khalil Mack. McKenzie is going to be the one to make tough, strictly financial decisions with beloved players in the organization such Carson Palmer. He'd immediately be hit with a big one with the decision of Cam Newton's future with the Panthers looming.
Omar Khan has been linked to rumors along with fellow candidate Kevin Colbert with Tepper's Pittsburgh background. He has been a part of the consistent success had by the Steelers organization. Tepper has said he wants to have "long-term sustained success" over the next 20 years. He is currently a front office member of the Steelers.
The main person of interest in rumors is Steelers GM Kevin Colbert. His contract expires in the offseason, after refusal to work out a new deal with the Steelers. Steelers president Art Rooney II was quoted saying, "At this stage of the game, he’s really not looking to do any long-term planning. We talked and we agreed he’d rather wait till after the season to talk about the contract." Colbert has a good track record of past drafts with DROY candidate Devin Bush in 2019, solid 1st rounder Terrell Edmunds, Juju Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and their entire star studded offensive line. His hits on the offensive line would prove to be useful with the many shots taken on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Scott Pioli was most recently an assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons, but has also served in a GM role with many teams including the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs. His extensive body of work continues with his experience as an NFL analyst with NBC Sports' Football Night in America, NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk, Sirius XM NFL Radio, and the NFL Network.
Ed Dodds is one of the most highly regarded GM candidates in the league. He's been known for his great work in college scouting and would be a great hire for Tepper and the incoming Rhule Era! He was most recently interviewed by the Cleveland Browns this past week. He is currently serving as the Colts assistant general manager.
Other candidates include Mike Borgonzi, Eliot Wolf, George Paton, and Andrew Berry. Chances are Tepper will be looking for someone highly involved with analytics. The most interesting would be Andrew Berry, George Paton, or Daniel Jeremiah. Keep a lookout for any interviews on Twitter and other social media platforms. Leave your comments below.