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Report: Josh McDaniels ‘would be eager to work’ with Baker Mayfield

Josh McDaniels is set to take another spin on the NFL coaching search carousel, and it sounds like his interest in working with Baker Mayfield may make the Cleveland Browns an attractive destination.

The New England Patriots have granted the Browns, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants permission to speak with their highly coveted offensive coordinator, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.

A later report from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com indicates sources have said McDaniels was high on Mayfield ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft and “would be eager to work” with the young quarterback.

An additional factor working in the Browns’ favor in the pursuit of McDaniels — a native of Canton, Ohio, it merits noting — is how the organization parted ways with general manager John Dorsey.

The Browns reportedly intend to hire a head coach first before conducting a GM search, and the plan is to make sure the two are a philosophical and strategic match before moving forward with the team’s latest leadership reorganization.

Further, McDaniels is said to be intrigued by having a say in who the Browns hire as general manager, and the belief is he would hand pick an executive with whom he is either working with or has worked with in the past with the Patriots.

It has become an annual tradition for McDaniels to be among the hottest names on the head-coaching market. That said, the manner in which he reneged on a deal to become the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach in 2018 may give some organizations pause. Another possible concern for interested teams is McDaniels’ uneven tenure as head coach of the Denver Broncos, although that came a decade ago.

The Browns are casting a wide net in their coaching search, and there will be no shortage of suitors for McDaniels. Still, given McDaniels’ reported interest in working with Mayfield, along with his home-state ties to Ohio, the Browns certainly are in the mix if McDaniels does indeed return to the head-coaching ranks.