Panthers' interim GM Marty Hurney wastes no time getting to work, cutting Michael Oher

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson shocked the NFL on Monday when he decided to fire general manager Dave Gettleman just a week before the team gathers for training camp.

But Marty Hurney, the man Richardson brought in as interim GM – the man who preceded Gettleman – who was officially named to the job on Wednesday, wasted no time in getting down to business.

On Thursday, Gettleman made two significant moves with the Panthers’ offensive line: he got right guard Trai Turner signed to a four-year extension and he released left tackle Michael Oher.

Back to work: In his first full day as Panthers interim GM, Marty Hurney made two transactions that impact the offensive line. (AP)

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Oher’s situation is a sad one: Carolina’s starter to open the season last year, he suffered a concussion in the third game of the season and still had not been cleared out of concussion protocol. (He was also cited for misdemeanor assault in May after a disagreement with an Uber driver.) He was released after failing a physical.

Around the time his release became public, Oher tweeted a short message:


While former Panthers players like Steve Smith Sr. and Josh Norman seemed to delight in Gettleman’s firing, Oher posted on Instagram on Monday that Gettleman was the only member of the Panthers outside of the medical team who had been consistently checking in with him.

Turner, a third-round pick out of Louisiana State in 2014, was headed into the final year of his rookie deal. A Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons, the 24-year-old agreed to a four-year, $45 million pact that includes $20.5 million guaranteed.

Turner not only is being paid among the top three guards in the NFL, assuming he continues to play at his high level and stay healthy, he’ll be able to hit free agency at 28, in the prime of his career.