Earlier on Thursday, we shared a report that former Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew will interview with the Browns for a personnel job in their reorganized front office.
The team is looking for someone experienced in personnel matters because the top two members of their front office — executive vice president Sashi Brown and chief strategic officer Paul DePodesta — come from worlds well removed from evaluating football players. Brown has already been given final say over which players fill the roster, however, and that limits the candidates to the job because teams can block members of their own personnel staffs from interviewing with Cleveland.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that’s what happened when the Browns requested permission to speak to Bears college scouting director Joe Douglas. Per Rapoport, the Bears blocked the overture.
That leaves currently unemployed candidates like Mayhew as the likeliest choices to wind up with a job in Cleveland as the Browns start putting together their roster for the 2016 season.