Cowden spoke with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara this morning by videoconference. The initial interviews with candidates are being conducted remotely.
Cowden, 43, is completing his fourth season as the Tennessee Titans' vice president of player personnel, his sixth with the franchise and his 22nd in the NFL. The Titans finished 12-5 and are the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Cowden oversees all areas of Tennessee's scouting department, both college and pro, including advance scouting, free agency preparation, and evaluation of players in the NFL and all other professional leagues. He also assists with college scouting and preparation for the NFL Draft.
Cowden joined the Titans in 2016 as their director of player personnel after 16 years with the Carolina Panthers.
In Carolina, Cowden last held the title of assistant director of college scouting, his position for two years. He had previously served as the team's national scout/senior college scout for two years (2012-14) and was a national scout from 2008-12.
Cowden originally joined the Panthers as a scouting assistant in 2000. He became an area scout in 2001 and was responsible for the southeast area from 2001-07. During his time in Carolina, the franchise won two NFC titles, five division crowns and advanced to the playoffs six times.
Cowden and his wife, Dana, have a son, Noah, and a daughter, London.