Browns Interviewed Former Bills GM Doug Whaley For Their GM Job

According to Ian Rapoport, the Browns interviewed former Bills GM Doug Whaley for their GM position before hiring John Dorsey on Thursday.

The Browns reportedly interviewed other candidates for the job as well, but those names aren’t available.

Cleveland had to fulfill the Rooney Rule requirements and interview a minority candidate before hiring Dorsey. It took them only 11 hours to announce the firing of Sashi Brown and that they’ve added Dorsey has his replacement, which caused some to wonder how they met these requirements.

Last night, John Wooten, chairman of Fritz Pollard Alliance, told Adam Schefter that he is concerned about Browns’ hiring process.

“I’m deeply bothered by it,” Wooten said. “I’ll be talking to the league about it because it bothers me. It doesn’t seem right. Why wouldn’t you interview one of the recommended people?

The Browns were reportedly doing work on GM candidates for over a month before deciding to make the move Thursday.

Whaley, 44, was hired as the Bills’ general manager back in 2013 after he spent 10 years working for the Steelers. The Bills elected to fire Whaley leading up to this year’s NFL draft.

During his stint as Bills’ GM, Whaley’s teams produced a record of 30-33 (47.6 percent) and have just one winning season and no playoff appearances over the course of four years.

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