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Washington Commanders request to interview Cleveland Browns Assistant GM Glenn Cook

Another GM candidate

NFL: DEC 28 Jets at Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Washington Commanders fired Head Coach Ron Rivera this morning, but haven’t booted GM Martin Mayhew...yet. Josh Harris has hired form NBA exec Bob Myers and former NFL exec Rick Spielman to lead their search for a new coach and head of football operations. There have already been four names linked to Washington for their head coaching search(Jim Harbaugh, Raheem Morris, Ben Johnson, Aaron Glenn), and now we’ve got our second GM candidate linked to the franchise. Washington already requested to interview Bears AGM Ian Cunningham.

Jonathan Jones is reporting that Washington has also requested to interview Cleveland Browns AGM and Vice President of Player Personnel Glenn Cook for their head of football operations position that is being created under Josh Harris. He started his NFL career as a pro scout for the Indianapolis Colts(2011) and then moved on the the Green Bay Packers(2012-15). He got his first executive level position with the Cleveland Browns when he was hired as Assistant Director of College Scouting, a job he held for four years. Cook was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2021, and then added the title of Assistant GM in 2022.

The former University of Miami linebacker has interviewed for the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Titans jobs over the past two offseasons. He has proved himself in the forward-thinking Cleveland personnel department, integrating analytics and data into the old-school football background working for Bill Polian, Ted Thompson and John Dorsey. And Cleveland’s ability to withstand a bunch of injuries this season to make the playoffs this year is a shining example of the strength of the roster that Cook helped GM Andrew Berry build.

Cook is a former two-sport athlete who played linebacker at Miami, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and dabbled in coaching. But his dream was to work in an NFL front office.

Cook was first offered a job in the league office, but he wanted to work on the team side and became a scouting assistant for the Colts. There, his main responsibility was managing the draft board and cutting film on prospects. He then went to Green Bay, where he spent four years as a pro scout, a role that was more of a hybrid personnel job. He was assigned eight pro teams and sat in on free agency and draft meetings.

In Cleveland, Cook has worked his way up from assistant director of pro scouting to his current role and has stayed through the tenures of three GMs. He also participated in the NFL’s accelerator program that Harris and Rales attended this month.