When Cleveland hired coach Eric Mangini, it lost two general manager candidates.
Not only will New England’s vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli not be the Browns’ next general manager, but neither will Philadelphia’s Tom Heckert.
Heckert told the Browns he is canceling the interview that was scheduled for Friday because he doesn’t know Mangini and would not be entirely comfortable with the situation in Cleveland the way that it is. This leaves Baltimore’s director of pro personnel, George Kokinis, as the last known candidate for the Browns’ general manager job.
But there will be no Pioli in Cleveland, and no Heckert.