Richardson-Rivera meeting may not happen until tomorrow

Streeter Lecka

The Panthers need to move quickly, but the meeting between Ron Rivera and Jerry Richardson may be delayed.

The Carolina Panthers need to move quickly to fill their vacant general manager position, but it appears the vital exit meeting between Ron Rivera and Jerry Richardson may not happen until tomorrow.

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas is hearing that Thursday may be the day the two sides are meeting. Carolina Panthers' players went through their exit meetings on Monday, and by all indications Rivera didn't have a sense of his status inside the team -- if he did, at least he wasn't tipping his hand.

It's common sense to wait for a new general manager to arrive before making a final determination on Ron Rivera. Already there has been a flurry of interviews around the NFL with Andy Reid interviewing with Kansas City today before heading to Arizona tonight, while Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter signed a new contract extension at 1 a.m. this morning, keeping him away from head coaching vacancies.

Three names continue to be floated for the vacant GM position: Dave Gettleman and Marc Ross from the New York Giants, while a small contingency still believe that interim Brandon Beane could retain the job. If the Panthers stick with Beane they would have the youngest general manager in the NFL.

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