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Report: Buffalo Bills’ Lake Dawson receives second interview for Panthers general manager job

Dawson is reportedly a strong candidate.

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Buffalo Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson has received a second interview for the vacant Carolina Panthers general manager job and is considered to be a strong candidate, sources told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. However, Pelissero adds that the Panthers, who are currently the subjects of a pair of investigations by the NFL regarding two of their front office executives, are not close to offering the job to anyone.

Marty Hurney, who took over the interim Panthers GM job when Dave Gettleman was fired last July, has been placed on leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment. Hurney, Dawson, as well as two other candidates have all interviewed for the full-time job.

Hurney is under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy, and team owner Jerry Richardson is also being investigated by the league regarding allegations of workplace misconduct.

Dawson, 46, interviewed for the same position with the Panthers before they hired Gettleman in 2013. Before his career as a front office member, Dawson played six seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL, most of which was spent as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Following the end of his playing career, Dawson got his start in the front office of the Seattle Seahawks working as first a scout for the team before becoming their assistant director of pro personnel. In all, he spent six years with the Seahawks before joining the Tennessee Titans and serving as their director of pro personnel, vice president of football operations, and vice president of player personnel over his nine years with the club. Dawson spent the 2016 season as a national scout for the Cleveland Browns before landing in his current role with the Bills ahead of the 2017 season.