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Browns Ask to Speak to Colts Assistant GM Ed Dodds, to Team with 49ers DC Robert Saleh

The Browns have requested permission to interview Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds, who would pair with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Saleh, believed to be one of the Browns’ top candidates of their remaining seven, worked with Dodds in Seattle. The Browns’ interest in Dodds was first reported by Dustin Fox of 92.3 The Fan.

The Browns have also requested permission from the Eagles to interview their former Vice President of Player Personnel for their GM vacancy, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which first reported on Dec. 29 that the team wanted him back in the fold.

Berry and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, Harvard grads who had a great working relationship here, both favored Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, but then-GM John Dorsey, with the backing of ownership, promoted Freddie Kitchens instead. Both Kitchens and Dorsey were let go after the disappointing 6-10 season, and now DePodesta has a chance to land Stefanski.

Berry would pair well with Stefanski, whom he got to know during the search, and other candidates on the Browns’ list, a source said. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who’s big on analytics and interviewed job on Jan. 8, is another natural fit for Berry, who will likely also have other GM opportunities besides the Browns.

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