After a short stay with the Eagles, longtime scout Pat Stewart will receive a major opportunity elsewhere. The Panthers are hiring Stewart as their director of player personnel, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets.
Stewart has spent the bulk of his NFL career with the Patriots, serving as a scout for most of his 11-year tenure with the team. The Eagles hired him in 2018 to be a national scout. This marks another climb up the ladder for the veteran staffer.
Stewart and Matt Rhule worked together at multiple college programs in the mid-2000s. After Stewart opted for an NFL path in 2007, Rhule stayed at the college level. They will reunite in Charlotte.
Both were on Temple’s staff in 2006, when Stewart was the program’s assistant director of football operations and Rhule was in Year 1 of his first stay at the Philadelphia-based school. Rhule coached the Owls’ defensive linemen that year. Prior to that, each spent the 2005 season on Division I-FCS Western Carolina’s staff. Rhule served as the Catamounts’ associate head coach, while Stewart spent a year as a graduate assistant.
The Panthers have a relatively new owner and a new head coach, but GM Marty Hurney remains in his post. The franchise is expected to hire an assistant GM soon, and that executive could be groomed to succeed Hurney at some point. For the time being, Carolina’s new hire will be one of Hurney’s right-hand men.