The Cleveland Browns will interview New England Patriots Director of College Scouting Monti Ossenfort for their General Manager vacancy on Friday, as first reported by NFL Network.
He is the third name tied to the Browns vacancy in the front office along with Philadelphia VP of Football Operations Andrew Berry who will also interview on Friday and Minnesota Vikings Assistant General Manager George Paton who will interview this weekend.
Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta said during his interview Wednesday on “Cleveland Browns Daily” that the team would be interviewing three to five candidates for the position.
Ossenfort started in the NFL as an intern for the Minnesota Vikings in 2001 and spent another year as an intern for the Houston Texans in 2002. After a year in New England as a personal assistant, Ossenfort returned to Houston working in the pro and scouting departments and became also a college scout during the 2005 season.
He returned to New England in 2006 and worked his way through the ranks of the front office to the point where he was named the Director of College Scouting in 2014. His role involves preparing for the draft as well as overseeing the scouting department and based on the Patriots’ structure is the third man in line behind Nick Caserio and head coach Bill Belichick.
This isn’t the first time he’s been tied to a general manager vacancy as he was also linked to the Houston Texans position in 2018 but New England blocked both Ossenfort as well as Caserio, who is currently the Patriots director of player personnel and someone who was linked to the Browns’ last month amid the Josh McDaniels rumors.