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Washington hires Martin Mayhew as GM, appoints Marty Hurney to high-ranking front office role

The Washington Football Team has hired a new general manager.

The franchise has hired San Francisco 49ers executive Martin Mayhew to serve in the position, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The team later made the news official.

Marty Hurney, who was previously reported to be finalizing a deal to become GM, will now be the Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel, Rapoport added.

Hurney and Mayhew are both expected to report to coach Ron Rivera, who remains in control of the football operation, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per sources informed.

"Martin is a proven general manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization," Rivera said in a statement. "He will be an integral part of running the daily football operations and will allow me the opportunity to focus more on coaching. He impressed both myself and Mr. Snyder during the interview process and we both believe he will be a tremendous fit here. He is a man of high character and integrity and was part of the rich history and tradition of this great franchise as a member of the Super Bowl championship team in 1991."

Mayhew, an NFL exec since 2001, will step into his second stint as a GM, with his first coming while with the Detroit Lions. After serving as senior director of football administration for three years before moving on to senior vice president and assistant GM duties from 2004-08, Mayhew was elevated to the role of GM in 2008 and remained in the position until 2015.

Mayhew departed the Motor City for the Big Apple in 2016 where he took over as the Giants' director of football operations. He then transitioned to San Fran in 2017 where he was the club's senior personnel executive for two years before becoming VP of player personnel in 2019.

Following a nine-year NFL career, Mayhew transitioned to a behind the scenes role after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000. He played cornerback for the Bills, Washington and the Buccaneers from 1988-96, and won Super Bowl XXVI while wearing the burgundy and gold in 1992.

In another organization-altering move, Jennifer King is going to become a full-time offensive assistant after spending last season as a coaching intern, Rapoport reported, per an informed source. King will be the first full-time African-American female coach in NFL history.

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