The Browns, after opting to hire Kevin Stefanski over Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their vacant head coaching position, still have to find a general manager.
It appears they’re looking to New England.
Monti Ossenfort, the Patriots’ director of college scouting, will interview for the GM job on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Ossenfort’s contract is believed to be up after this year, according to Pro Football Talk.
Ossenfort reports to director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Caserio and Ossenfort were both blocked from interviewing with the Texans for their general manager position in 2018.
Cleveland is also expected to meet with Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry and Vikings vice president of player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton. Berry previously worked in Cleveland’s front office from 2016-18.
Stefanski, the former Vikings offensive coordinator, is helping the team choose its new GM, and his familiarity with Paton could make for a natural fit. The Browns split with GM John Dorsey after this season when he declined a different role. Dorsey rebuilt Cleveland’s roster the past two years.
Warrant for Beckham
A misdemeanor simple battery warrant has been issued for Browns wide receiver and former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr., police in New Orleans said.
The warrant comes as video posted on social media appears to show Beckham swatting a security officer’s buttocks during LSU’s locker room victory celebration after Monday night’s college national championship game in the Superdome.
“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,”the Browns said in a statement. ‘‘They are cooperating with authorities to appropriately address the situation.'’
LSU players were seen smoking cigars — forbidden in the Superdome — in pictures from the celebration. Authorities reportedly warned them they could face arrest.
Rosenhaus drops Brown
Agent Drew Rosenhaus filed paperwork with the NFL Players Association to terminate his representation of free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The severing of the business relationship between Rosenhaus, one of the league’s most prominent and powerful player agents, and Brown does not become official for five days, under NFLPA rules.
The filing of the paperwork was confirmed by a person familiar with the situation after being reported by ESPN and Pro Football Talk. They reported that Rosenhaus informed the NFLPA that he would like to continue working with Brown but only if Brown seeks help for his behavioral issues.
Brown has not been signed by an NFL team since being released by the Patriots after playing one game for them early in the 2019 season. He has been under investigation by the NFL after accusations by two women of rape, sexual assault and sending threatening text messages. Brown has filed a counterclaim against one of the women after denying the allegations.
He faces a possible suspension without pay next season by the NFL under its personal conduct policy. The league said when Brown was released by the Patriots in September that it would consider putting him on paid administrative leave, via placement on the commissioner’s exempt list, if he were to be signed by a team. Teams appeared wary during the remainder of the season of signing Brown with his playing status not resolved by the league.
Brown’s off-field issues continued this week when the Hollywood, Fla., police department announced that its athletic league had returned a donation by Brown. That came after a profanity-filled outburst, posted on social media, that he directed at police officers and the mother of his children.