Reports: Browns kickoff GM interview process

Reports: Browns kickoff GM interview process
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam walks on the sideline during an NFL football game between the Browns and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 19-16. (AP Photo/David Richard) (Source: David Richard)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Multiple NFL Insiders are reporting the Cleveland Browns have kicked off the interview process as they search for their new GM.

The Browns are the only team in the NFL without a head coach, even though they have interviewed eight candidates to fill their head coach position.

NFL insiders have listed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as front runners for the head coach position.

On Saturday, NFL insiders reported that the Browns have now jumped to GM candidates that their front runner head coach candidates would prefer.

According to Sports Illustrated reporter Albert Breer, the Philadelphia Eagles are allowing the Browns to interview their vice president of football operations Andrew Berry.

Berry is one of the GM candidates preferred Stefanski, according to Breer.

Berry worked for the Browns as a high-level talent evaluator under Sashi Brown and has been linked with Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski is thought of as a front runner for the Browns coaching vacancy. Berry is considered an up-and-comer in the front office ranks and is viewed as somebody that will be a GM sooner or later in the league.

Breer also reported that Vikings assistant GM George Paton is Stefanski’s other preferred GM candidate.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported the GM candidates associated with Saleh include Seattle Seahawks Co-Directors of Player Personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner, and 49ers Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters.

Breer reported that Saleh’s other preferred GM candidate is Indianapolis Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds.

According to Breer, the Colts already granted the Browns permission to speak with Dodds.

Browns are expressing interest in Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen for the GM job, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

He would be paired with head coaching candidate Brian Daboll.

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