The Washington Football Team Friday announced they have hired Martin Mayhew to be the team’s new general manager.
The move comes three days after it appeared Washington was close to naming veteran front office executive Marty Hurney as the team’s GM.
Mayhew brings a lot of experience to Washington, as he was the general manager of the Detroit Lions from 2008 to 2015.
His last position was vice president of player personnel for the 49ers.
Head coach Ron Rivera released a statement about the hiring of Mayhew and what he will bring to Washington.
“Martin is a proven General Manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization,” Washington head coach Ron 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 [team owner Dan] 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 was a solid cornerback in the NFL. He and his Washington teammates won Super Bowl XXVI, defeating the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Minnesota.
While it’s not known why the team hired Mayhew as GM rather than Hurney, Washington is still expected to bring Hurney in to work with Mayhew alongside Rivera, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.