Washington Football Team requests GM interview with Titans’ Ryan Cowden

Ryan Cowden will reportedly interview for the Washington Football Team’s vacant General Manager job.

The Washington Football Team is looking to add some more personnel to their football operations department.

That includes searching for a General Manager. Over the course of the past year, Washington has used Rivera and Kyle Smith, among others, to jointly make football decisions, but the team is hoping to flesh out a better structure and allow Rivera to take on less of a role as a be-all, end-all decision-maker.

As such, the team is going to begin their search for a front office head in the wake of their elimination from the playoffs. And according to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, one of the first interviews that the team has requested is Titans Vice President of Player Personnel, Ryan Cowden.

Cowden has been an NFL scout for 21 years, spending 16 years with the Carolina Panthers, where he worked alongside Ron Rivera, and having worked with the Titans since 2016.

Cowden has helped to build some very solid teams during his career. As part of the Panthers’ college scouting department, he helped make decisions to pick stars like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly as first-rounders, but also built an impressive resume of finding gems including Josh Norman, Kawann Short, A.J. Klein, Trai Turner, and Tre Boston. He wasn’t solely responsible for these successes, but he was part of the team that got the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

With the Titans, Cowden has overseen some solid drafts that have built the foundation for the current team, which won the AFC South this year after making the AFC Championship during the 2020 playoffs.

The Titans have selected the likes of Jack Conklin, Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis to build their offense during Cowden’s tenure as VP of Player Personnel. They have also made some astute moves in free agency and trade, most notably acquiring Ryan Tannehill and giving him a massive extension. That buy-low move turned out to be a good one, so Cowden and the Titans’ brain trust deserves credit for this.

On the surface, Cowden looks like a good candidate. He has helped to build contending teams in the last decade, including building a top-tier offense with the Titans and an elite defense with the Panthers. It wasn’t entirely his work, but the resume is impressive.

And his relationship with Rivera would be a plus, too, as he would likely fit right into the organizational culture that Rivera is continuing to implement.

Cowden probably won’t be Washington’s only interview for the GM role. Keep it right here at Riggo’s Rag to keep up with the latest news about Washington’s GM search and how they’re looking to structure their front office this offseason.