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Washington begins process of hiring a GM, requests interview with Martin Mayhew

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1/13/2021 10:04:54 AM
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In the first clear indication that it plans to hire a general manager, the Washington Football Team requested to interview Martin Mayhew, the San Francisco 49ers’ vice president of player personnel, for the role, Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post reports.  This according to a person knowledgeable about the matter.

Despite rampant speculation that Washington would hire a GM this offseason, Coach Ron Rivera has declined to confirm it publicly, only going so far as to tell 106.7 the Fan in a recent interview that “there’s more to this position than meets the eye.”

“There’s so much operational stuff that’s involved as well,” Rivera said. “There’s a lot to it. This is not just picking players and making decisions on contracts or hiring coaches or what have you. It is a big task.”

Mayhew, a former defensive back drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1988, spent nine years in the NFL, including four with Washington, winning a Super Bowl XXVI ring in the 1991 season. After retiring, Mayhew received his law degree from Georgetown University in 2000, then spent nine months as an intern in Washington’s personnel department. He went on to work 15 years with the Detroit Lions, rising from senior director of football administration to assistant general manager and then to GM before moving on to the New York Giants as their director of football operations/special projects.

The 55-year-old was hired by the 49ers in 2017 to be their senior personnel executive, a role he held for two years before being elevated to his current position.

According to multiple reports, Washington also requested permission to interview Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, a 37-year-old who was a scout for the Carolina Panthers when Rivera was their coach.

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