Browns likely to be interested in Savage

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage, the highly-regarded lieutenant to general manager Ozzie Newsome, is expected to be one of the leading candidates for the Cleveland Browns' vacant GM position.

Savage broke into the NFL in coaching and scouting with the original Browns and has close ties with attractive head-coaching candidates in LSU's Nick Saban and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, two former Cleveland assistant coaches.

The Browns have hired a consulting firm to assist them in reshaping their football operations after coach Butch Davis' resignation, and Savage is likely to be contacted.

Cleveland is going to hire a GM first, then select a head coach with offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie filling that role on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Savage has been instrumental in several successful drafts, including selecting future Hall of Famers in offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis prior to the Ravens' inaugural season in 1996. The Ravens had eight Pro Bowl selections last season, seven of which were first-round picks.

Savage has previously turned down high-profile personnel jobs with the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles and interviewed last year with the Miami Dolphins.

He's believed to be searching for an ideal fit in terms of ownership, coaching and talent base and would likely avoid any situation he's not completely enamored of. Savage couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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