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49ers give Panthers permission to talk to Mayhew about GM opening

Carolina Panthers fire GM Dave Gettleman

The Panthers fired general manger Dave Gettleman, just before training camp starts. Gettleman was the team's GM since 2013.
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The Panthers fired general manger Dave Gettleman, just before training camp starts. Gettleman was the team's GM since 2013.

The Carolina Panthers want to talk to the 49ers’ Martin Mayhew about their opening at general manager.

The Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman in July and hired Marty Hurney, who served as Carolina’s general manager from 2002-12, on an interim basis. Hurney’s one-year contract runs out in June.

He appears to be the top candidate to take over full time, but the Panthers also are considering Bills executive Lake Dawson, Texans executive Jimmy Raye III and Mayhew. The 49ers confirmed Friday they have given Carolina permission to interview Mayhew. News of the Panthers’ interest first was reported by Pro Football Talk.

Mayhew, who spent eight years as the Detroit Lions’ general manager, was hired last season in San Francisco to give first-time 49ers general manager John Lynch more experience in the front office. Mayhew, 52, has the title of senior personnel executive and, along with vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, served as Lynch’s right-hand man in 2017.

Mayhew was instrumental in the trade for guard Laken Tomlinson, whom Mayhew had drafted in Detroit, just before the start of the regular season. Tomlinson ended up starting 15 games at left guard for San Francisco and is expected to compete for a starting guard spot in 2018.

Another one of Mayhew’s former first-round picks, pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah, is scheduled to become a free agent in March.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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