Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has turned down the Browns’ request to interview him for their defensive coordinator job, a source confirmed to the Herald.
Mayo, 36, is in negotiations to return to the Patriots staff after his contract expired this season. He had been preparing to explore outside opportunities to become a head coach or defensive coordinator and may still do so. The Panthers filed a request Thursday to interview him for their head-coaching vacancy, and according to Sports Illustrated, there is mutual interest in scheduling an interview next week.
On Thursday night, the Patriots released an unprecedented statement announcing the team and head coach Bill Belichick are in contract discussions with Mayo and will soon open a coaching search for their next offensive coordinator.
The statement read: “The New England Patriots and Head Coach Bill Belichick have begun contract extension discussions with Jerod Mayo that would keep him with the team long-term. In addition, the team will begin interviewing for offensive coordinator candidates beginning next week.”
NBC Sports Boston first reported Mayo has rejected the Browns’ offer.