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Panthers manager Hurney fired after team’s 1-5 start

‘UNBELIEVABLE’:GM Marty Hurney took Carolina to a Super Bowl and two NFC championships, but bad draft picks have left them with the worst record in the NFC

AP, CHARLOTTE, North Carolina

There were other poor decisions, including giving up a second-round pick last year to the New England Patriots for the rights to draft Armanti Edwards in the third round in 2010. Edwards has not been a factor after trying to make the transition from college quarterback at Appalachian State to receiver/returner in the NFL.

Hurney also was criticized for giving big free-agent contracts to keep the team’s core intact following a 2-14 season in 2010. He gave Johnson, who has never been to a Pro Bowl, a contract worth US$72 million and also handed out a five-year, US$43 million contract with US$21 million in guaranteed money to running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams has not done much since and serves as a part-time player.

This past off-season, the Panthers gave fellow running back Jonathan Stewart a deal worth more than US$5 million per year. That left the team with two high-priced running backs at a time when the NFL has moved toward becoming a passing league.

Hurney also cut kicker John Kasay and handed Olindo Mare a four-year, US$12 million deal that included a US$4 million signing bonus. Mare lasted one season.

He did well with many of his first-round draft picks over the years, landing players like Jordan Gross, Jon Beason, Jonathan Stewart, Chris Gamble and Cam Newton, last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

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