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Seattle’s 47-year-old vice president of football operations was offered the Panthers’ general manager job Thursday, the team announced.
He was picked over three other finalists, Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles (35), San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters (41) and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Monti Ossenfort (42).
Fitterer was a late addition to the search but, according to sources, quickly impressed the search panel.
Carolina interviewed 15 candidates overall to replace Marty Hurney, who was fired with two games remaining in a 5-11 2020 season. Among those were two internal candidates, director of player negotiations and salary-cap manager Samir Suleiman and director of player personnel Pat Stewart.
Each of the finalists fits the job description of being relatively young with a strong scouting background to work in collaboration with head coach Matt Rhule to identify talent. Owner David Tepper also was looking for a general manager who was data driven.