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Panthers focus GM search

Carolina conducting second-round of interviews with some candidates
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A Carolina Panthers helmet is seen before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers' search for a new GM is coming in to focus.

According to multiple reports, the team is conducting a second round of interviews with several candidates, including one in-person.

After interviewing 15 candidates via Zoom, the Panthers announced Monday night they were close to making a hire.

On Tuesday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Carolina would interview Titans Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort and 49ers VP of Player Personnel Adam Peters a second time each.

According to the Panthers website, Peters began his career with the Patriots from 2003-08, then spent eight years with Denver, helping the Broncos build a Super Bowl winner, before heading to the 49ers.

Ossenfort just finished his first season with the Titans after spending 15 seasons in the Patriots organization, where he spent his last six years as the director of college scouting.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Carolina would conduct an in-person interview with Seattle Seahawks VP of Football Operations Scott Fitterer on Wednesday.

According to panthers.com, Fitterer has been with Seattle since 2001, and is the co-assistant GM under John Schneider, who just signed an extension with the team through the 2027 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks have made the playoffs in nine of 11 seasons since Schneider arrived in 2010, along with head coach Pete Carroll.

Fitterer spent time with the Giants before landing in Seattle and eventually taking over the college scouting department. He has been the team's co-director of player personnel for the last six seasons, according to the Panthers website.

Carolina's GM position has officially been open since Marty Hurney was fired in December.

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