Sources: Browns ask to talk to McDaniels

The Cleveland Browns have asked permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching vacancy, sources tell ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon.

The Browns also have asked for permission to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who can interview Jan. 5, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter; and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who also will interview.

Gase would prefer to wait until after the season before speaking with anyone, a source told Schefter.

Given his past relationship with Browns general manager Mike Lombardi, McDaniels, a native of Ohio, would figure to be a strong candidate. McDaniels had interest in bringing Lombardi to Denver when he was head coach of the Broncos.

McDaniels was 11-17 in two seasons with Denver.