On Friday, a member of the New England Patriots’ front office was in Ohio to interview for the Cleveland Browns’ vacant general manager position: director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort visited the organization — one of two candidates to interview for the role on Friday alongside the Philadelphia Eagles’ Andrew Berry — but, like Berry, left town again without a contract being offered as first reported by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
The Browns will reportedly “continue their process of interviewing about three to five candidates” with Ossenfort, Berry and George Paton of the Minnesota Vikings the three men thus far linked to the search. The long-time Patriots staff member — he worked his way up the organizational ladder since joining the club as an area scout in 2006 — is currently not seen as the favorite, though, as Berry is given the best odds to eventually get offered the position.
That being said, a lot can of course still change as the Browns’ search evolves over the upcoming days or weeks. And even if Ossenfort does not end up in Cleveland this offseason, his long-term future with the Patriots would not be set in stone: his current contract in New England will expire in May, after all, and there is a chance he leaves the team then for a vacancy elsewhere. The situation, therefore, remains a fluid one.