Report: Browns to interview Arizona's Todd Bowles

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns will reportedly meet with an old friend on Friday.

The team has scheduled an interview with Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in the Cleveland area, NFL Network reported. Bowles was an assistant with Cleveland from 2001-04, coaching defensive backs on Butch Davis' staff.

In his first season with the Cardinals, the 50-year-old Bowles helped Arizona to a 10-6 record. He spent 2012 with Philadelphia, starting the season coaching the secondary before finishing as coordinator when Juan Castillo was fired.

Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL with Washington and San Francisco. He won a Super Bowl with the Redskins in 1988.

An interview with Bowles would satisfy the Rooney Rule, requiring teams to meet with at least one minority candidate. Bowles is also expected to interview for Minnesota's head coaching vacancy.

On Saturday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are expected to interview New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, considered the favorite to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after one season.