Ossenfort spoke with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara this afternoon by videoconference. The initial interviews with candidates are being conducted remotely.
Ossenfort, 43, is completing his second season as the Tennessee Titans' director of player personnel. The Titans are the top seed in the AFC playoffs after winning their division with a 12-5 record.
Before he was hired by the Titans in 2020, Ossenfort spent 14 years with the New England Patriots, the last six as the organization's director of college scouting.
Ossenfort previously served as the Patriots' assistant director of college scouting. He began his second stint with New England in 2006, the first of his three years as an area scout. Ossenfort was a national scout in 2009-10.
Ossenfort's first NFL experience came as a training camp intern for the Minnesota Vikings in 2001. He gained his first personnel experience in 2002 as an intern in the Houston Texans' pro personnel department. In 2003, he was a personnel assistant for the Patriots. Ossenfort returned to Houston as the Texans' pro and college scouting assistant. In 2005, he served as a college scout for the Texans.
Ossenfort was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter at quarterback for Division III University of Minnesota-Morris. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in economics and management. Ossenfort later earned a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in sports management from Ohio University.
He is a native of Luverne, Minn. Ossenfort and his wife, Shannon, have three daughters, Emery Kailyn, Finley Betti and Landry Margot.