The Browns have given defensive coordinator Ray Horton permission to interview for any available coaching positions, a league source confirmed today.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news today.
The interviews can be for any job, not just a head-coaching vacancy. Horton reportedly interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings' head-coaching job on Jan. 7.
In the wake of Rob Chudzinski being fired Dec. 29, Horton wasn't expected to return to the Browns after spending one season with the team. The Browns allowing Horton to interview for any job indicates he definitely won't be back.
Under Horton's guidance, the Browns finished the 2013 regular season with the NFL's ninth-ranked defense (332.4 yards allowed per game).
After the Browns fired Chudzinski, CEO Joe Banner said the next head coach would have the power to hire his staff and decide whether he wants to retain any of Chudzinski's assistants. Banner also said the Browns would be very liberal in allowing Chudzinski's assistants to interview with other teams.