The Carolina Panthers took the interim tag off Marty Hurney's title. The team announced Wednesday it named Hurney general manager on a full-time basis. He had been the interim GM since Carolina fired Dave Gettleman in July. Hurney previously worked as the Panthers' general manager from 2002-2012. "I have always felt a strong connection to this organization and viewed this job as one of the very best in the NFL because of the people here," Hurney said in a statement. "Mr. (Jerry) Richardson and (COO) Tina (Baker have been open and honest with me from the beginning, and I am thankful for the trust they have placed in me. I gained a lot of perspective being away and then back in an interim role last season. I feel that I am the best person to help Ron and this team moving forward. We have a really special core of players in place, and I'm extremely excited about the direction we are headed." The Panthers chose Hurney over Bills assistant college scouting director Lake Dawson, former Lions GM Martin Mayhew and Texans assistant GM Jimmy Raye III, all of whom interviewed for the gig. Hurney was cleared by the NFL last week after an investigation found he did not violate the league's personal conduct policy in regard to harassment accusations made against him by his former wife.