NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans are hiring San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Lan Casson as their new general manager, sources told ESPN’s Diana Russini and Jeff Darlington on Tuesday.
Carthon was interviewed by a panel of Titan executives on Friday, including controlling shareholder Amy Adams-Strunk. He brings 15 years of experience to the Titans.
During his tenure in San Francisco, Carson spent five seasons with the 49ers as director of professional personnel before being promoted to director of player personnel two seasons ago. The 49ers played in the Super Bowl and played in two NFC championship games in between.
Carthon, 41, joins the 49ers after five seasons (2012-2016) as head of professional personnel with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Carthon also spent four seasons (2008-2011) as a professional scout with the Atlanta Falcons. He broke into the league as an undrafted rookie with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004 and played for the club during the 2006 season.
The 49ers will receive compensatory third-round picks in the next two drafts as part of the Looney Rule’s effort to incentivize teams to develop minority head coach and general manager candidates.
The Titans fired general manager Jon Robinson in November, citing frustration with the general direction of the roster, and Carthon will be responsible for turning around the Titans’ seven-game losing streak at the end of the season, resulting in a 7-10 record.
Carthon is the son of two-time Super Bowl champion and former New York Giants running back Maurice Carthon, who also served as the NFL offensive coordinator.
Kasson’s hire came a day after Titans director of player personnel Monty Olson Ford was hired as the new general manager of the Arizona Cardinals. Ossenfort also interviewed for the Titans general manager position.