This is excellent news for the Tennessee Titans. Two front office members, Ryan Cowden and Monti Ossenfort appear to be staying put in Tennessee after both executives spent time interviewing for other GM jobs around the league in recent weeks.
Cowden was a candidate for the Washington Football Team job. He seemed like strong candidate given the fact that he worked alongside Ron Rivera in Carolina. Washington went on to hire ex-Panthers GM Martin Mayhew instead.
OFFICIAL: Martin Mayhew is our next GM— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 22, 2021
Cowden is in his 21st NFL season and his fifth with the Titans. In 2018, he was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel. He originally joined the franchise as the Director of Player Personnel.
Cowden oversees all areas of the scouting department, both college and pro, including advance scouting, free agency preparation, and evaluation of players in the NFL and all other professional leagues. In addition, he assists with college scouting and preparation for the NFL Draft.
Replacing Cowden wouldn’t have been easy, especially with both the NFL draft and free agency fast approaching. He’s one of Jon Robinson’s trusted confidants, and has an excellent reputation around the league.
As for Ossenfort, he was a candidate for the general manager job in Carolina. He was clearly a finalist, as he was one of few people who received a second interview. Former Seahawks’ VP of football operations Scott Fitterer was hired instead.
Panthers officially reached agreement tonight on a five-year deal with former Seahawks VP Scott Fitterer as their GM. “We went through a thorough process and it was a great final four,” said Panthers’ owner David Tepper. “We thought Scott was the best fit for the organization.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2021
Ossenfort holds the title of Director of Player Personnel for the Titans, so it goes without saying that he’s a huge part of their day to day operations. He’s still fairly new to the team, as he was just hired in May of 2020. Ossenfort came to Tennessee via way of the New England Patriots where he served as their director of college scouting. Robinson and Ossenfort obviously go way back to their New England days.
It goes without saying, but keeping such a strong front office intact for another year is a huge benefit for this Titans team, especially when you factor in all the potential changes that are coming to the coaching staff in the next few weeks.