Browns to interview Ravens exec for GM position

Associated Press - January 4, 2009 8:35 PM ET

CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns owner Randy Lerner will interview Baltimore director of pro personnel George Kokinis for the club's general manager position.

And that meeting that could clear the way for Cleveland to hire fired New York Jets coach Eric Mangini.

The Browns received permission to speak with Kokinis after the Ravens advanced in the AFC playoffs with a 27-9 win at Miami today. They'll play at Tennessee on Saturday.

It is not known when Kokinis' interview will take place. Lerner has spent the past week meeting with coaching and GM candidates in the New York area.

Mangini is the front-runner to become Cleveland's coach. He's expressed an interest in working with Kokinis, a longtime friend who worked with him for two years in Cleveland and one in Baltimore.

From Cleveland our sister station WOIO:

George Kokinis and Mangini May Be the Men

Chris Mortenson of Espn reporting former Jet's coach Eric Mangini and Baltimore Director of Player Personnel George Kokinis could take over as the the Brown's GM and head coach.  Sources have said team owner Randy Lerner had a "compelling" interview with Mangini and was fascinated with him.  Now Kokinis worked with Mangini in the Browns organization when Bill Belichick was coach in the early 90s.  Kokinis was a scout from 1991 to 1995 before moving with the team to Baltimore.  Now Scott Pioli was the leading candidate to take over for Phil Savage but "Spygate" and his outrageous demands may have Randy Lerner towards Kokinis.

Pioli will interview with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.  Now ironically Kokinis held basically the same position Phil Savage did with the Ravens.

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