Browns interviewing Patriots scouting boss for general manager job

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns will interview Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for their general manager’s job, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Ossenfort will talk with the Browns on Friday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not disclosing its plans before interviews take place.

Cleveland is also expected to meet with Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry and Vikings vice president of player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton. Berry previously worked in Cleveland’s front office from 2016-18.

NFL Network first reported the Browns’ interest in Ossenfor.

New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is helping the team choose its new GM, and his familiarity with Paton could make for a natural fit. The Browns split with GM John Dorsey after this season when he declined a different role. Dorsey rebuilt Cleveland’s roster the past two years.

Ossenfort has spent 15 seasons with the Patriots and is in the final year of his contract. He worked his way up from personnel assistant to area scout, national scout and assistant director of college scouting.

Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta said Wednesday the team will interview as many as five candidates. DePodesta is on the interview committee along with owner Jimmy Haslam, Stefanski, executive vice president JW Johnson and vice president of football administration Chris Cooper.

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