The #AZCardinals plan to hire #Titans Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort as their new GM, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He impressed last year during the circuit, now lands a big job. pic.twitter.com/DUECKoQCZe— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2023
Ossenfort replaces Steve Keim, who stepped down at the conclusion of the 2022 campaign. Ossenfort interviewed for Arizona’s opening last week. Ossenfort had also interviewed for the Titans’ opening as an in-house option, though he was not believed to be a leading candidate. The Titans are now the lone NFL team with a G.M. opening.
Ossenfort’s hiring in Arizona means the Titans are officially down to six G.M. candidates. Eight were initially discovered, but this obviously eliminates Ossenfort, and Adam Peters declined an interview request. The six remaining candidates are as follows:
Ryan Cowden, Titans in-house candidate
Ran Carthon of the San Francisco 49ers
Glenn Cook of the Cleveland Browns
Ian Cunningham of the Chicago Bears
Quentin Harris of the Arizona Cardinals
Malik Boyd of the Buffalo Bills
Harris was an in-house candidate in Arizona, too. The Cardinals were largely expected to promote from within, and Harris was a leading option. Ossenfort’s hire comes as a surprise.
Ossenfort was originally hired as Tennessee’s Director of Player Personnel in 2020 after spending more than a decade in New England with the Patriots. Ossenfort was hired by the Patriots in 2003 as a personal assistant before working his way up through the scouting ranks. Ossenfort had previously been passed over for several G.M. openings. He’s had a number of interviews throughout the years.
Stay tuned to MCM for the latest on the Titans’ G.M. search.