Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns have requested permission to speak with Bears director of college scouting Joe Douglas for their top personnel job.
However, the Bears denied the Browns request.
Josina Anderson reports that the Browns are set to interview former Lions GM Martin Mayhew on Saturday.
According to Anderson, the Browns are moving quickly to fill their vacancy in their front office. Mayhew will get the opportunity to secure the position this weekend.
Last we heard regarding the Browns’ front office job, Jason Cole of B/R had spoken to three “top-level” GM candidates from around the league who all said that they have “no interest” in the opening.
According to Cole, the Browns’ decision to hire Sashi Brown and Paul Depodesta to run the team and oversee player personnel has impacted the attractiveness of the job because they question how much analytics applies to the NFL.
The other issue is that there are too many people involved in the decision making for the Browns. Candidates are reportedly concerned that there are two layers between the open position and owner Jimmy Haslem and there’s not that much authority position overall.
However, it appears as though Mayhew is interest in the job. He also interviewed for the Titans’ GM position, but it sounds like he won’t be getting that job.
Mayhew was promoted to general manager back in 2008 after the Lions fired then president Matt Millen. During his time in charge of the team, the Lions produced a record of 41-63 (39.4 percent).
We’ll have more regarding the Browns and their front office position as the news is available.