NASHVILLE – The Titans on Friday interviewed with Browns Assistant General Manager/VP of Player Personnel Glenn Cook and 49ers Director of Player Personnel Ran Carthon for the team's General Manager position.
Cook just finished his first season as the Browns assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel after being promoted from vice president of player personnel following the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Cook spent the previous four years as the club's assistant director of pro scouting.
According to the Browns media guide, in his role Cook works with Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry, as well as the rest of the senior football staff to contribute to all roster and strategic football decisions. Additionally, he leads the day-to-day operations of the player personnel department, including driving the free agency and draft processes. He also aids in managing the football operational functions of the team.
Cook, who played college football at Miami (Fla.) came to the Browns after spending four years in Green Bay (2012-15), working as a pro scout for the Packers.
Prior to joining the Packers in May 2012, Cook worked as a scouting assistant with the Indianapolis Colts beginning in June 2011.
Carthon is in his second season as director of player personnel with the 49ers after serving five seasons as the director of pro personnel in San Francisco.
According to the 49ers media guide, in his role Carthon is responsible for evaluating the top college prospects and assists in the construction of the pro free agency board and evaluations. He also works with the football administration staff with player market analysis and unrestricted free agency strategy.
Carthon joined the 49ers after spending five seasons (2012-16) as the director of pro personnel with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.
Carthon also spent four seasons (2008-11) as a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons.
Prior to his time in Atlanta, Carthon enjoyed a three-year playing career in the NFL after playing in college at the University of Florida. He broke into the league as an undrafted rookie with the Indianapolis Colts in 2004 and played with the club through the 2006 campaign.
The Titans on Thursday interviewed in-house candidates Ryan Cowden and Monti Ossenfort for the team's general manager position.
Interviews with other candidates will continue in the coming days.
Back on December 6, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk made the decision to part ways with general manager Jon Robinson, who was hired prior to the 2016 season.
Strunk is leading the process of finding his replacement, and the plan is to interview a large number of candidates, including personnel evaluators across the NFL.
Strunk said a committee including herself, Kenneth S. Adams, IV from the ownership group, President and CEO Burke Nihill, Senior VP/Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Adolpho Birch III and Senior VP/General Counsel & Chief of Staff Dan Werly will be involved in the interviews.
"We want someone who is an exceptional talent evaluator, exceptional at roster building, and someone who is an excellent decision-maker," Strunk said in recent interview. "I also want someone who is a collaborator, someone who is able to find and build consensus to get to the best answers for the team, someone who is open to innovation and evaluating talent beyond the traditional avenues. Just really a talented person in all areas. But more than anything I want someone that can collaborate – that is super important to me, being able to find this person who can collaborate so we're all working together, rowing the same direction.
"I am excited about the process, and I am excited about finding the right person. I think this is going to be a great reset for us going forward, a chance to bring in new ideas, a new way of doing things."