The Carolina Panthers have turned to longtime front-office executive Ernie Accorsi to assist in the team's pursuit of a new general manager.
Accorsi, 71, will begin serving immediately as a consultant to help the Panthers find a replacement for Marty Hurney, The Charlotte Observer reported Friday.
"I have a very high regard for Mr. Richardson and look forward to providing any help that I can to him and the organization in their search for a new general manager," Accorsi said.
The Observer reported that Accorsi has no plans to seek the job.
Accorsi is known around the league as a man with a keen eye for talent. His long career in the NFL includes stints with the Colts, Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. He was with the Giants as general manager when they landed quarterback Eli Manning in 2004.