CHARLOTTE – Scott Fitterer wasn’t the first candidate the Panthers talked to.
Clearly, he made an impression that lasted.
The Panthers have offered the Seahawks’ vice president of football operations the team’s role as general manager.
The Panthers interviewed Fitterer by videoconference Monday, the final day of the 15 preliminary interviews for the position.
He was back for an in-person interview Wednesday, the last of the final four to meet a second time with head coach Matt Rhule and owner David Tepper in person.
Fitterer has been with the Seahawks since 2001, and operated as a co-assistant GM under John Schneider — who just signed a contract extension through 2026.
A former two-sport player in college (UCLA and LSU), Fitterer spent three years as a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization before shoulder problems ended his baseball career.
From there, he got a job with the Giants (New York, not San Francisco) as a part-time scout and joined the Seahawks in 2001 and worked his way up through their college scouting department.
(this story will be updated)