Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has tapped Ernie Accorsi, the former New York Giants general manager who hired Tom Coughlin and drafted Eli Manning, to find the Panthers a new GM in the wake of Marty Hurney's firing.
Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross will be a hot name given Accorsi's ties to the Giants and the fact that Ross' name was already on the radar: he interviewed for GM positions with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders last year.
We'd be very surprised if Ross wasn't on top of the list Carolina hired Accorsi to write, and the Panthers job looks like a pretty good one in that they've already got a franchise QB in Cam Newton and will likely have a top-5ish pick in this year's draft. According to PFT, Richardson wants to emulate the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the Giants want to keep Ross long-term, the Giants would likely have to promote him to GM and bump Jerry Reese up to Vice President of Football Operations or something like that. Pay raises and new business cards all around but not a lot actually changing.
Many felt the Giants were fortunate to keep Ross last year. This time around, they may not be so lucky.
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