Ravens' Savage interviews for Browns' GM job

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage interviewed Monday in Baltimore with Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner for the Browns' general manager vacancy.

Savage is a highly regarded talent evaluator who has been sought after for numerous NFL jobs. He turned down the Jacksonville Jaguars' top personnel job that went to former Ravens director of pro personnel James "Shack" Harris and withdrew his name from consideration for executive positions with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.

Since 1996, the Ravens have drafted 10 Pro Bowl selections, including likely future Hall of Fame selections in offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis.

Working in tandem with general manager Ozzie Newsome, Savage has had great success picking players in the first round, including: Ogden, Lewis, linebacker Peter Boulware, cornerback Duane Starks, cornerback Chris McAlister, running back Jamal Lewis, tight end Todd Heap, safety Ed Reed and linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Savage worked for the original Browns, first as a defensive assistant before being promoted to an area scout and national scout. When the franchise moved to Baltimore, Savage was promoted to director of college scouting before being elevated to his current post prior to the 2003 NFL Draft.

Other candidates mentioned in published reports include: former New Orleans Saints general manager Randy Mueller, New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese, former Seattle Seahawks senior vice president Mike Reinfeldt, Pittsburgh Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert and Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Tim Ruskell.

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