The Carolina Panthers have dismissed front office executive Samir Suleiman, David Newton of ESPN reported Tuesday.
Suleiman served as director of player negotiations and salary cap manager, a position Carolina will look elsewhere to fill. According to Joe Person of The Athletic, Kansas City Chiefs vice president of football operations Brandt Tillis is at the top of owner David Tepper’s list for a position in the Panthers’ front office.
Carolina’s front office has undergone a slight makeover this week, with Dan Morgan being promoted to general manager on Monday. Morgan, 45, previously served as assistant general manager for the past three seasons. He now finds himself as the lead front office decision maker of a franchise that finished the 2023 season 2-15 and has a potential franchise quarterback set in place in Bryce Young.
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Morgan, a former NFL linebacker, spent the entirety of his seven-year career in Carolina. He made 59 starts and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2004. The Panthers selected Morgan in the first-round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Miami. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award in his senior season as the top defensive player the nation. Morgan recorded a game-record 25 tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
“I am excited to let you know that Dan Morgan will serve as our President of Football Operations/General Manager,” Tepper wrote. “Dan has a thorough knowledge of our football personnel. And a clear vision to take us where we all want to go. We know he will attack this opportunity with the same intensity he did as a Panthers player.”
Next up on the Panthers’ list of duties for the offseason is to hire a head coach. Carolina has interviewed 11 candidates thus far. Those include Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn among others.