The Cleveland Browns are still looking to find their next general manager and will interview Monti Ossenfort.
The Cleveland Browns are on a quest for alignment. Finding their next general manager is part of that plan. Cleveland will interview New England’s Monti Ossenfort Friday for their vacant general manager position.
As Tom Pelissero notes, Monti Ossenfort is the college scouting director for the New England Patriots. Houston attempted to interview Ossenfort previously, but the Patriots prevented that interview from happening.
Jimmy Haslam is seeking alignment in his organization. Haslam will look to Paul DePodesta for advice on how to achieve that. The Browns already hired Kevin Stefanski as their head coach. Cleveland is looking to pair Stefanski with a general manager who will work in cooperation in order to achieve their goals.
The Browns were also interested in Andrew Berry and George Paton to be their general manager. Berry had some obvious reservations about the Browns having worked for the team previously. The fact that Berry would not come to Cleveland speaks volumes about just what is happening in the building. Paton was an option due to his familiarity with Stefanksi. Although, it is worth mentioning that he has turned town teams (including Cleveland) in the past. The fact that Paton agreed to interview with the team is a step in the right direction, but still far from anything more than that.
Cleveland appears to have several options that they are exploring. Whether their top candidate actually takes the job is a completely different story.